Iranian mobile companies to make $18M from New Year text messages

Business Materials 20 March 2015 14:22 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 20
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

Iranian Cyberspace Activists Association Director Mehdi Sarami has said that mobile service providers of the country are expected to make 500 billion rials (about $18 million) from Noruz (Iranian New Year) congratulation text messages.

He pointed out that each year during the Noruz holiday, the number of text messages sent by Iranians registers a steep jump, Young Journalists' Club reported March 20.

He also announced that by launching the national information network, the bandwidth and time needed for sending text messages will decrease to one twentieth of the current ones.
He also urged using domestically made applications for sending messages, especially during the Noruz holiday, and maintained that doing so will increase the transfer speed 10 times.

Recently Head of the Prevention Office of Iran's Welfare Organization Majid Rezazadeh announced the organization was developing a social application aimed at replacing Viber.
He said that current apps such as Viber and Whatsapp are not secure because their servers are not located in Iran.

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.

Edited by CN