Iran’s Internet bandwidth to reach 2 Tbps

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 15

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mahmoud Vaezi said that the country's Internet bandwidth will hit 2 terabit per second (Tbps) by the end of the current fiscal year (March 20, 2015).

He said that the capacity has increased from 500 gigabit per second (Gbps) and currently reaches 1,300 Gbps, the Islamic Republic's IRNA news agency reported Nov. 15.

The minister also rejected reports about increasing Internet price, saying the administration has decreased the ADSL connection price by 20 percent.

Vaezi said that the information and communications technology ministry has prepared grounds for Internet connection all around the country.

"Currently any person anywhere in the country can easily use Internet," he underlined.

The number of Internet users in Iran by June 21, reached 40.046 million, indicates that the Internet penetration rate of the country stood at 53.29 percent, according to the latest statistics of the Internet Penetration Management Portal which is part of Iran's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

The number of Iranian Internet subscribers stood at 23.567 million in the same period.

It should be noted that several of world's most popular networks, such as Twitter and Facebook are banned in Iran, while users are still able to access them via proxies. A proxy allows bypassing 'gates' meant to block certain sites.

A survey by Iranian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports indicates that 69.3 percent of the country's young generation use proxy servers to by-pass the filters and access banned Internet websites.

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