Iran - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Mobile infrastructure is improving in Iran
There are two major mobile operators in Iran and mobile penetration is considered to be high with a rate of 119%. Most citizens access 2G and 3G networks and in November 2014, the first 4G LTE network was launched by MTN Irancell. While 4G LTE services are available, primarily in the urban areas – around one third of mobile subscribers don’t own a smart phone. Initial testing of 5G began in Iran in 2017.
Prior to the US government reimposing economic sanctions again during 2018; the two major operators, MCI and MTN Irancell made great strides in upgrading infrastructure, particularly 3G and 4G networks. Further investment in both mobile and fixed telecoms infrastructure, particularly in the rural areas, is required however in order to speed up progress and lower costs for consumers.
Many unique challenges and opportunities exist in the Iranian telecoms market. BuddeComm explores Iran’s telecoms sector in further detail throughout this report along with analyses of the market, key industry statistics, and information on the key developments and major players.
The operators have recently agreed to offer national roaming which will assist to improve services in rural areas.
A significant development occurred in early 2018 when TCI began infrastructure sharing its fibre network with competitors.
Smart phone penetration is relatively low in Iran compared to other markets.
Iran is implementing its 6th Development Plan during 2016 – 2021.
The broadband operator, Iranian-net, is deploying a national fibre network.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Mobile Communications Iran (MCI), MTN Irancell, Tamin Telecom (Rightel).
Table of Contents
Alleged sanction violations
Sixth five year plan 2016 -2021
Number Portability (NP)
Fixed network operators in Iran
Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
Other licence holders/VoIP
National telecom network
National Internet Network (NIN)
Submarine and terrestrial cable networks
Broadband access market
Introduction and statistical overview
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
Other fixed broadband services
Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
Video-streaming and IPTV
Mobile broadband statistics
Second mobile licence – MTN Irancell
Third Mobile licence – Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
Major mobile operators
MCI (Mobile Communications Iran)/Hamrah-e-Avval
Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
Mobile content and applications
List of Tables
Table 1 – Country statistics and regulatory authorities - Iran – 2019
Table 2 - Iran – GDP and inflation – 2012 – 2019
Table 3 – Iran - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2020
Table 4 – Iran - International Internet bandwidth – 2002 – 2016
Table 5 – Iran - Internet users and penetration estimates – 1996 – 2017