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Iran - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Iran - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Iran shows progress in 2014 with fibre network deployment

In recent years the international community identified Iran as lagging behind in terms of broadband infrastructure and access, particularly when compared to other GCC member states. However in 2014 there are encouraging moves underway to improve this situation, with the FttX operator Iranian-net currently deploying a fibre network which aims to have 8 million customers by 2020.

Broadband penetration is also improving due to the growing number of competing ISPs, made possible through a licensing scheme. Competition has also improved following the launch of alternative infrastructure-based offerings centred on WiMAX.

In 2014 there are four companies licensed to provide WiMAX services, including MobinNet, MTN Irancell; MTCE and Rayaneh Danesh. In 2013 Datak Telecom failed to obtain ongoing authorization to continue to offer WiMAX services.

Despite these progressive developments; censorship in Iran appears to be increasing with Iraq utilising China's experience on how to implement Internet control using Iran's National Internet Network. In addition social media apps have been banned at various times including Instagram, Facebook , YouTube and Twitter and all Iranian's are required to register their websites with the Ministry of Art and Culture.

Other potential inhibitors to growth in Iran include the government's tight control of the telecoms market combined with the general economic situation and international sanctions. One bright spot however is the mobile sector which has shown strong growth.

With a young population willing to embrace technology; Iran has seen huge growth in mobile subscriber numbers in response to competition over the past 8 years. It now has nearly 90% mobile penetration and there is still room for continued revenue growth. Mobile data services are available but account for only a small proportion of total revenue. This is expected to increase over time as it becomes clear that mobile data services will increasingly underpin future revenue growth.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Broadband | 3.1 | 5.0
Fixed-line telephony | 28.8 | 30.2
Mobile phone | 58.2 | 69.0
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies covered in this report include:

Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Mobile Communications Iran (MCI), MTN Irancell, Tamin Telecom (Rightel), Rafsanjan Industrial Complex (Taliya), Mobile Telecommunications Company of Isfahan (MTCE), Telecommunication Kish Company (TKC).

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Iran's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors.

Subjects may include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure;
Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
Internet;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband (FttH, wireless);
Convergence and digital media;
Broadband subscriber forecasts to 2023;


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Iran's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Privatisation of TCI
4.3 WiMAX licences
4.4 Regulatory authority
5. Fixed network operators in Iran
5.1 Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
5.2 Other licence holders/VoIP
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 National Internet Network (NIN)
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine and terrestrial cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
7. Broadband access market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Censorship
7.1.2 ISP market
7.1.3 Broadband and Internet statistics
7.2 Broadband subscriber forecasts
7.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
7.5 Wireless (fixed) broadband
7.5.1 WiMAX
8. Digital economy
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 E-government
8.1.2 E-commerce
8.1.3 E-education
8.1.4 E-health
9. Digital broadcasting
9.1 Overview of broadcasting market
9.2 Satellite TV
9.3 IPTV
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Iran's mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Regulatory issues
10.2.1 Third Mobile licence Tamin Telecom
10.2.2 Second GSM licence Irancell
10.3 Major mobile operators
10.3.1 TCI/Mobile Communications Iran (MCI)/Hamrah-e-Avval
10.3.2 MTN Irancell
10.3.3 Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
10.3.4 Taliya/Rafsanjan Industrial Complex Islamic Cooperative Company (RIC)
10.3.5 Mobile Telecommunications Company of Isfahan (MTCE)
10.3.6 Telecommunications Kish Company (TKC)
10.4 Mobile voice services
10.4.1 Prepaid
10.4.2 Satellite mobile
10.5 Mobile data
10.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
10.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.5.3 GPRS
10.5.4 Mobile broadband
10.6 Mobile content and applications
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Iran 2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Fixed broadband statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 9 International Internet bandwidth 2002 - 2012
Table 10 Internet users and penetration estimates 1996 - 2014
Table 11 Fixed broadband subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 12 Household PC penetration 2002 - 2014
Table 13 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2014, 2018; 2023
Table 14 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2014, 2018; 2023
Table 15 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 16 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 17 MTN Irancell Revenue and CAPEX 2009 - 2014
Table 18 MTN Irancell Subscribers, ARPU and MOU 2006 - 2014
Table 19 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 - 2014
Table 20 MTN Irancell data revenue as percentage of total revenue 2009 - 2014
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