Iran calls for expanding IT cooperation with China, Afghanistan

Business Materials 20 November 2013 13:01 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 20

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology (IT) Mahmoud Vaezi met with Chinese and Afghan counterparts in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, and discussed ways to expand cooperation in this sector, IRNA reported on November 20.

The meetings were held during the Connect Asia Pacific 2013 conference.

In his meeting with Afghan minister, Vaezi outlined Iran's progress in the field of IT and said Iran is ready to provide Afghanistan with advanced telecommunication equipment.

Meanwhile, Iranian and Chinese ministers emphasised giving a boost to bilateral cooperation and making more investments in this field of industry.

In June, IRNA quoted former Iranian Communications and Information Technology Mohammad-Hassan Nami as saying that the share of the telecommunications sector in Iran's GDP is projected to reach eight per cent.

Iran will be one of the advanced countries of the world in the telecommunication industry by the end of the fifth five-year national development plan (2015), he said.

Business Monitor International (BMI) says Iran has reached a 100 per cent telecommunications penetration and expects the Iranian mobile market to expand even more in early 2012.

'Iran's mobile market which is by far the largest segment of the country's telecoms industry, exhibited considerably slower growth in 2011 compared with previous years. This reflects the market's maturity with the penetration rate just shy of 100 per cent by the end of the year', said BMI in its new Iran Telecommunications Report.