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Iran - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 3661001
  • Report
  • March 2017
  • Region: Iran
  • 37 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Iran to See Arrival of MVNOs Amid Other Reforms to Telecoms Sector


  • MobinNet
  • MTN Irancell
  • Shatel Group
  • Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
  • MORE
Iran to see arrival of MVNOs amid other reforms to telecoms sector.

Mobile services are widely available in Iran with services on offer from three major mobile network operators which are able to offer services on a national basis. These include MCI, MTN Irancell and Rightel. In March 2017 competition in the mobile sector was set to increase further with the country's largest ISP, Shatel Group, reportedly given permission to begin offering full MVNO services in Iran. It would operate under the brand name Shatel Mobile. HiWeb, which signed a partnership deal with Vodafone Group in October 2016, was also awarded a license from the CRA to offer SIM cards under a local brand name.

Mobile data services are available but account for a small proportion of total revenue. This is expected to increase over time as mobile data services increasingly underpin future revenue growth, made possible by the launch of 3G/HSPA and 4G LTE services. Recently WiMAX services in Iran were replaced with TDD-LTE services by two operators, Irancell and ISP MobinNet.

Iran is currently implementing its 6th Development Plan which runs between 2016 2021 and contains a number of measures to transform the telecoms sector. For example, the development plan aims to increase Internet bandwidth; encourage foreign and private investment in the telecoms sector as well as make structural changes to the telecoms incumbent, Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI).

Internet usage is growing due to improved accessibility brought about by competition and government initiatives designed to improve ICT accessibility. Iran has been developing its own National intranet that will host only approved Islamic content. Known as the National Information Network (NIN); it went live e in August 2016 and will offer speeds of up to 10 Tb/s as part of an upgrade underway in 2017. The NIN is designed to complement the Internet and operates on Iran's fibre network.

The lifting of economic sanctions in early 2016 was expected to facilitate a big boost to Iran's economy. However, in 2017 it became apparent that the economic transformation of Iran is occurring at a slower pace than expected, with industry analysts commenting that Iran needs to reduce its reliance on oil and strengthen other industry sectors.

Key telecom parameters 2014; 2017
Sector - 2014 - 2017
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Fixed Broadband - 7.4 - 12.8
Fixed-line telephony - 30.6 - 30.7
Mobile phone - 68.8 - 88.7

Key Developments:

Iran plans to digitise it school and government networks as part of its 6th Development Plan.
In 2016 Irancell ceased operating its WiMAX network as it began offering LTE-TDD services instead.
In February 2017 ISP MobinNet made a similar transition and also began offering TDD-LTE services.
In August 2016, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was commercially launched in Iran.
ISP Shatel launched a new VoIP service at the of 2016 which requires the incumbent, TCI, to interconnect its calls.
There is ongoing Fixed-Mobile Conversion (FMC) taking place in Iran. Fixed line growth has been slowing in recent years while mobile subscriptions are on the increase.

Companies Covered in this Report Include:

Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Mobile Communications Iran (MCI), MTN Irancell, Tamin Telecom (Rightel), Rafsanjan Industrial Complex (Taliya), Shatel Group; MobinNet.
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  • MobinNet
  • MTN Irancell
  • Shatel Group
  • Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
  • MORE
1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
2.2 Economic sanctions

3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis
3.2 Recent developments

4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Sixth five year plan 2016-2021
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.4 WiMAX licences
4.5 Number Portability (NP)
4.6 Roaming

5. Fixed network operators in Iran
5.1 Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
5.2 Other licence holders/VoIP

6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 National Internet Network (NIN)
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine and terrestrial cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks

7. Broadband access market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.1.1 Market analysis
7.1.2 Broadband statistics
7.2 Forecasts broadband subscribers
7.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
7.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
7.5 Other fixed broadband services
7.5.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
7.6 Competition issues
7.6.1 ISP market

8. Digital economy
8.1 Introduction
8.2 E-Commerce
8.3 E-Government
8.4 E-Health
8.5 E-Education

9. Digital media
9.1 Advertising
9.2 Videostreaming
9.2.1 Introduction
9.2.2 Major players
9.2.3 IPTV
9.3 Social media
9.4 Start-ups

10. Mobile communications
10.1 Market analysis
10.1.1 Introduction of MVNOs in Iran
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 General statistics
10.2.2 Mobile data
10.3 Mobile broadband statistics
10.4 Regulatory issues
10.4.1 Second mobile licence MTN Irancell
10.4.2 Third Mobile licence Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
10.5 Mobile infrastructure
10.5.1 Digital networks
10.6 Major mobile operators
10.6.1 TCI/Mobile Communications Iran (MCI)/Hamrah-e-Avval
10.6.2 MTN Irancell
10.6.3 Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
10.6.4 Taliya/Rafsanjan Industrial Complex Islamic Cooperative Company (RIC)
10.7 Mobile content and applications
10.7.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
10.7.2 Apps
10.8 Mobile handsets

11. Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics Iran 2016
Table 2 Telecom services revenue 2014
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet subscriber statistics 2016
Table 5 Fixed broadband statistics 2016
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 GDP at current prices, Real GDP and inflation change 2011 - 2016
Table 9 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2017
Table 10 International Internet bandwidth 2002 - 2015
Table 11 Internet users and penetration estimates 1996 - 2017
Table 12 Fixed broadband subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 13 Household PC penetration 2002 - 2016
Table 14 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2019; 2024
Table 15 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2019; 2024
Table 16 Historical - Irancell WiMAX subscribers 2012 2015
Table 17 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2017
Table 19 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 Q3 2016
Table 20 Mobile data users by major operator and technology Q3 2016
Table 21 Mobile operators market share - 2016
Table 22 MTN Irancell Revenue and CAPEX 2014 - 2016
Table 23 MTN Irancell Subscribers, ARPU and MOU 2006 2015

List of Charts
Chart 1 Fixed broadband subscribers and annual growth 2010 - 2016

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Privatisation of TCI
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  • Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
  • Mobile Communications Iran (MCI)
  • MTN Irancell
  • Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
  • Rafsanjan Industrial Complex (Taliya)
  • Shatel Group
  • MobinNet
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