Over three million subscribers to use high speed internet in Iran

Iran Materials 15 May 2013 12:54 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May.15/ Trend F.Karimov/

The number of high speed internet users in Iran will exceed three million by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2014), IRIB quoted Iran Telecommunication Company managing director Mozaffar Pourranjbar as saying.

More than 45 million people are using the internet in Iran, IRNA reported, citing data released by the National Internet Development Centre.

The Internet penetration factor reached 60 per cent in the past Iranian calendar year which ended on March 20.

The number of Internet users in the year which ended in March 2012 had reached 32.7 million.

The number of GPRS users amounts to 27.5 million, accounting for 36 per cent of the total Internet users in Iran.

Some 867,000 people are using high-speed Internet and about six million are using the Internet via an optical fibre network.

Since 2005, Iran has been developing a national Internet to improve control over its content as well as speed.

The project which is separate from the World Wide Web was scheduled to be completed by 2013. This network will be separated from the rest of the Internet, specifically for domestic use.