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Iran Telecommunications Market Intelligence, 2013

  • ID: 1210287
  • Report
  • March 2013
  • Region: Iran
  • 61 Pages
  • Teyf Sharif Consulting
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Iran with a population twice the whole GCC countries and twice as high as any other Middle Eastern countries with more than 60% population under 30 is making the country a quite interesting market bringing great opportunities for the market players and foreign investors. Currently, there is a very high penetration rate for fixed-line in Iran in comparison to other countries of the region and Iran possesses one of the largest mobile telecoms markets in Middle East region.

The provision of internet services in Iran is competitive with more than 1000 ISPs holding the responsibility to provide internet services but the case is such services are growing slowly due to lack of enough and interesting internet content available on the web, limitations and disabilities of the TCI network in providing suitable DSL services and high tariff rates in the market.

Currently, the competition in the broadband services sector is not very considerable since there are only four main providers. Recently, some actions are being taken to build and optimize infrastructure for provision of broadband services in the next five years and the Regulatory has decided to grant the license of offering WiMAX services to some private companies based on auction and then the license for the 3rd mobile operator.

Some other highlights of the present report:

- Currently, 11 companies hold PAP licenses that give them authority to transfer data through DSL network and, therefore, they are assumed as broadband operators in Iran

- Some active PAP companies have agreed with the Regulatory to launch wireless broadband networks in Tehran including WiMAX in the 3.5 GHz frequency band

- Predictions show that the penetration rate of mobile communications exceeds 80% in 2012

- Currently, more than 100 companies sell International VoIP cards and the government has announced to issue 4-5 VoIP licenses through holding bids for national use

- Currently the exclusive right of provision of voice services is reserved for the TCI Company

- International connection services are currently provided exclusively by Infrastructure Company of Iran

- The country has done great efforts to develop its optical-fiber network in its infrastructure network. Therefore, more than 36000 kilometers optical fiber in the backbone network and 45000 kilometers in cities have been installed

- Irancell as the 2nd mobile operator in Iran has started the provision of mobile internet, resulting in a fast development in the content services sector in the next five years.

- Currently, in small scales, some Irancell's mobile markets have been figured for offering content services through internet portals in the fields of short films, photo, music, SMS, etc

- Content services hold a considerable part of the revenue in the Iranian market, since Iranian subscribers are in favor of entertainment contents
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1. Geographical Situation and Climate

2. Demographic factors
2.1. Demographic Features
2.2. Population density
2.3. Employment and Unemployment
2.4. Culture
2.5. Human development and education

3. Political situation
3.1. Political Structure
3.2. Policy-Making

4. Iran's Economic Development Factors
4.1. Ranking the Risk of Investment in Iran
4.2. Exchange Rate
4.3. The Fourth Development Plan
4.3.1. Article 42
4.3.2. Article 88
4.3.3. Article 48
4.4. ICT Sector of the Law of the Fourth Economic, Social and Cultural Development Plan
4.4.1. Article 57

5. Overview of the article 44 of the constitution
5.1. Article 44
5.2. Article 110
5.3. General Policies of the Article 44 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Iran
5.3.1. A. General policies concerning development of non-state sector and preventing the unnecessary growth of the government
5.3.2. B. General policies of the cooperative sector
5.3.3. C. General policies concerning ceding of shares of state-owned enterprises
5.3.4. D. Ceding Policies
5.3.5. E. General policies on application of the right of sovereignty by the government and avoiding creation of monopolies

6. Economic Conditions

7. Foreign Investment
7.1. The position of the law of Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act
7.2. Highlights of FIPPA
7.2.1. General Features:
7.2.2. Risks Covered:
7.2.3. Facilities Provided:
7.3. Influential Establishments in the ICT sector
7.3.1. The Rahbar (Supreme Leader)
7.3.2. The Parliament
7.3.3. The Cabinet
7.3.4. The Regulatory Commission
7.3.5. The Economy Council
7.3.6. Ministry of Economy and Treasury
7.3.7. The Ministry of Commerce
7.3.8. Telecommunication Company of Iran
7.3.9. Provincial Telecommunication Companies

8. Iran's Telecom Market: an Overview

9. Fixed-Line Telecom Market: an Overview
9.1.1. The Main Operators of Fixed-Lines
9.1.2. Provision of International Connection Services
9.1.3. Provision of Internet Services
9.1.4. Wired wide-band and DSL
9.1.5. Filtering and limitations

10. An Overview of Iran's Mobile Telecom Market
10.1. Operators
10.1.1. The Governmental Operator MCI
10.1.2. Irancell
10.1.3. Taliya Operator
10.1.4. Kish and Isfahan Regional Operators

11. Communication Regulatory Authority, Iran's Regulatory
11.1. An Overview of the Iran's Regulatory
11.2. The Responsibilities of the Regulatory according to its Constitution
11.3. Privatization
11.4. Licensing the WiMax
11.5. Other Types of Licensing
11.6. Number Transition Ability
11.7. Tariff Rate Laws
11.8. Roaming and network interactions
11.9. Limitations on the Ownerships of Foreign Companies

12. Appendices
12.1. Appendix 1: Supreme Leader's Message about general policies of the Article 44 of the
12.1.1. Requirements of ceding the shares:
12.2. Appendix2: Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA)
12.2.1. Definitions
12.2.2. General Conditions for Admission of Foreign Capital
12.2.3. Competent Authorities
12.2.4. Guarantee and Transfer of Foreign Capital
12.2.5. Provisions for Admission, Impartation and Repatriation of Foreign Capital
12.2.6. Settlement of Disputes
12.2.7. Final Provisions
12.3. Appendix 3: Tariffs rates
12.3.1. MCI Tariffs
12.3.2. Irancell Tariffs rates
12.3.3. MCI Interaction with other national operators
12.3.4. Taliya tariffs rates
12.3.5. Cellcom rates
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- TCI (Telecommunication Company of Iran)
- MCI (Mobile Communication Company of Iran)
- MTN-Irancell
- Taliya (Rafsanjan Industrial Complex Islamic Cooperative Company (RIC))
- MTCE (Mobile Telecommunications Company of Esfahan)
- TKC (Telecommunication Kish Company)
- Parliament
- Cabinet
- CRA (Communications Regulatory Authority)
- IPO (Iranian Privatization Organization)
- Teyf Group
- World Bank
- CBI (Central Bank of Iran)
- SCI (Statistical Centre of Iran)
- UNICEF (United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund)
- BMI (Business Monitor International)
- IMF (International Monetary Fund)
- OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries)
- UNSD (United Nations Statistics Division)
- Pyramid Research
- Tele2
- Telekom Malaysia
- LG
- NIOC (National Iranian Oil Company)
- BMI (Bank Melli Iran)
- Bank Sepah
- BIM (Bank of Industry and Mines)
- Bank Keshavarzi
- Bank Maskan Iran
- EDBI (Export Development Bank of Iran)
- Central Insurance of Iran
- Iran Insurance
- CAO.IRI (Civil Aviation Organization of I.R. Iran)
- PSO (Ports & Shipping Organization)
- Ministry of Economy and Finance Affairs
- Ministry of Commerce
- Ministry of Defense
- Ministry of ICT
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