Looking at Iran from a broad perspective; it appears to offer significant opportunities for telecoms growth. Its population is one of the largest in the Middle East, it has a youthful population where the majority are under the age of 30 and there is an unmet demand for both fixed and mobile telecoms services.
A lack of significant investment in Iran's fixed and mobile infrastructure over the last few years, when compared to other markets, has resulted in slow network speeds and low penetration rates for broadband. This is slowly changing in the wake of the lifting of economic sanctions - and a renewed interest in infrastructure investment is emerging.
Mobile penetration is considered high with a penetration of over 125%, with most citizens accessing 2G and 3G networks. 4G LTE services are becoming available and the large operators have experienced an increase in data revenues. There is much room for growth in this area with penetration levels at just over 50%.
Many unique challenges and opportunities exist in the telecoms Iranian market, which will be explored in further detail throughout this report along with analyses of the market, key industry statistics, and information on the key developments and major players.
A significant development occurred in early 2018 when TCI began infrastructure sharing its fibre network with competitors.
Smart phone penetration is relatively low in Iran compared to other markets.
Development towards an IoT and M2M ecosystem is in development with MCI and Ericsson forming a partnership.
Iran is implementing it 6th Development Plan during 2016 2021.
The broadband operator, Iranian-net, is currently deploying a fibre network which aims to have 8 million customers by 2020.
MTN Irancell tested its 5G network in late 2017 in conjunction with Ericsson.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI), Mobile Communications Iran (MCI), MTN Irancell, Tamin Telecom (Rightel), Rafsanjan Industrial Complex (Taliya).
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
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)
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 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
7.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
7.4 Other fixed broadband services
7.4.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
8. Digital economy
8.3 Video-streaming and IPTV
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.3 Mobile broadband statistics
9.4 Regulatory issues
9.4.1 Second mobile licence MTN Irancell
9.4.2 Third Mobile licence Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
9.5 Mobile infrastructure
9.5.1 Digital networks
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 MCI (Mobile Communications Iran)/Hamrah-e-Avval
9.6.2 MTN Irancell
9.6.3 Tamin Telecom (Rightel)
9.6.4 Taliya/Rafsanjan Industrial Complex Islamic Cooperative Company (RIC)
9.7 Mobile content and applications
9.7.1 Messaging services
9.7.2 M-banking (payments/loans)
9.8 Mobile handsets
10. Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics Iran 2018
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2018
Table 3 Fixed broadband statistics 2018
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2018
Table 5 National telecommunications authority
Table 6 - Iran GDP and inflation 2012 - 2018
Table 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2020
Table 8 International Internet bandwidth 2002 - 2016
Table 9 Internet users and penetration estimates 1996 - 2017
Table 10 Fixed broadband subscribers 2006 - 2020
Table 11 Household PC penetration 2002 - 2016
Table 12 Historical - Irancell WiMAX subscribers 2012 2015
Table 13 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2006
Table 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2007 - 2018
Table 15 Mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration 2013 2020
Table 16 Mobile operators market share 2016; mid 2017
Table 17 MTN Irancell Revenue and CAPEX 2013 - 2016
Table 18 MTN Irancell mobile subscribers 2007 2016
List of Charts
Chart 1 Iran - mobile subscribers versus mobile broadband subscribers 2013 - 2018
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Privatisation of TCI