Iran Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 28 Mar 2022 Update History

Report Pages: 103

Analyst: Sebastien De Rosbo

Iran’s MNOs widen reach of 5G services

Iran’s telecom infrastructure has suffered from sanctions in recent years, which prevented the import of equipment and devices and encouraged widespread smuggling, with a consequent loss of tax revenue. To address this, the government introduced a device registration scheme, and bolstered the capacity for domestically manufactured mobile phones.

Operators have invested in broadening the reach of their LTE networks, which has increased network capacity and improved the quality of mobile broadband services. The country is also looking to 5G, with services having been launched by MCI and MTN Irancell in early 2021. The sector is still hamstrung by the paucity of spectrum, though the government is addressing this with plans to auction spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for 5G use.

Iran is keen to grow its Iran’s digital economy and the National Internet Network (NIN) is pivotal to Iran’s fixed broadband infrastructure plans and overall Smart City progress.

From a broad perspective, Iran offers significant opportunities for growth in the telecoms sector. The country has one of the largest populations in the Middle East, and there is a high proportion of youthful, tech savvy users having considerable demand for both fixed and mobile telecom services.

Recent developments:

  • MTN Group confirms plan to exit Iran;
  • Government launches project to extend an FttP service to more than 20 million premises by mid-2025;
  • Regulator awards spectrum in the 2.3GHz band to MCI and MTN Irancell;
  • Legislation is passed transferring TCI’s fixed network assets to the government;
  • Network operators begin offering national roaming to improve services in rural areas;
  • TCI allowing infrastructure sharing of its fibre network with competitors;
  • Iran implements its 6th Development Plan;
  • Report update includes telcos’ operating data to Q4 2021, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of the pandemic on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Mobile Communications Iran (MCI), MTN Irancell, Tamin Telecom (Rightel).

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