FNA – Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister Javad Azari Jahromi and his Iraqi counterpart Naeem Thjeel al-Rubaie in a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday conferred on ways to further increase cooperation between the two countries in different fields, including space technology.
“Iran’s space achievements, including (building) remote-sensing satellites, can be used for Iraq given its current conditions,” Azari Jahromi said.
He added that his country has used its space technology to manage water resources and improve agriculture and the environment.
The minister emphasized that Iran is prepared to cooperate with Iraq to develop digital economy as well, saying Tehran is studying and devising plans in this field and given Iraq’s young talents, there’s a good opportunity to run cooperation.
He proposed establishment of a joint working group between Iran and Iraq in a bid to cooperate in mobile and fixed line markets.
Al-Rubaie, for his part, said Baghdad needed to cooperate with Iran in ICT as his country is behind global developments in this field.
He added that Iranian companies can invest in optical fiber, third and fourth generations of mobile lines, internet bandwidth and other communicational infrastructures.
Iran is one of the 9 world states building satellites.
Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari had announced in mid-December that his country’s plans to manufacture a home-made telecommunication satellite in the next few years.
“Building an indigenized telecommunication satellite within the next 7 years is atop the ISA’s plans,” Barari said.
He added that the preliminary steps had already been taken by Iran to manufacture a telecommunication satellite by building Nahid 1 and Nahid 2 satellites.
Barari underlined that Iran also planned to build a sensing satellite with a 1-meter precision power in 7 years.
Barari had also announced in October that his country was standing among the 9 top world countries in developing satellites.
He also added that Iran ranked first in the region in the aerospace sector, explaining that Iran ranked 14th in the world in 2016 but it jumped three grades and ranked 11th in the world in 2017.