Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 3 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
According to the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) standard, which says, the minimum high-speed internet connection is measured at 1,5 Mbit/s, very few of Iranians have that kind of speed, IRNA reported.
ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies - ICTs.
According to Professor of Iranian University of Science and Technology Ali Akbar Jalili, if considering the ITU standard, less than 1 percent of Iranians have 1,5 Mbit/s or more of internet speed.
Jalili noted that many developed countries have long abandoned using the "dial-up" connection for internet, adding that less than 3 percent of people are actually using this method.
"Considering the low percentage of people using high-speed internet in the country, we were unable, from the economic point of view, to use the IT sphere to our benefit," Jalali said.
He added though that according to International Telecommunication Union, all world countries, or at least 60 percent of them, will be able to reach and surpass the minimum standard of 1,5 Mbit/s.
On August 13 Minister of Communications and Information Technology Reza Taqipour said that Iran plans to increase its internet bandwidth to 2 terabits per second from 520 gigabits per second by the end of its fifth five-year development plan (March 2016).
Reza Taqipour told the ISNA News Agency that the bandwidth has been increased to 520 gigabits per second from 23 gigabits per second during the past three years.
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