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Iran - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 3661001
  • Report
  • August 2021
  • Region: Iran
  • 86 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Iran to See Arrival of MVNOs Amid Other Reforms to Telecoms Sector

MTN Irancell continues with plan to exit Iran’s telecom sector

MTN Group has been spooked by the difficult operating environments in several Middle Eastern states, including Yemen, Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan. The Group plans to exit these markets and focus on its business units in Africa, a region which promises more rewarding returns on investment. However, the Group has a medium-term plan for Iran, and its exit may not be completed for a few years yet. Sanctions and Iran’s hyperinflationary economy have been central to the difficulties faced by MTN Irancell. Since 2018, the Group has been prevented from transferring abroad the profits from this unit. However, renewed efforts by the Iranian government to remove sanctions may enable MTN to repatriate cash owed to it in loan repayments and dividends. 

 

More broadly, operators in Iran have invested in improving the reach and capacity of their LTE networks. After some delay, both MCI and MTN Irancell were able to launch 5G services in the first half of 2021. To tackle the lack of available spectrum, the regulator has set aside for auction spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for 5G use. The wider reach of 5G will support the government’s efforts to improve the scale of the digital economy in coming years.

Key statistics
Regional Middle East Market Comparison
  • Introduction
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Country overview
Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market
  • Market analysis
  • Background to alleged sanction violations

Regulatory environment
  • Historic overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Mobile network developments

Mobile market
  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
  • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
  • Mobile content and applications

Fixed-line broadband market
  • Market analysis
  • Broadband statistics
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

Fixed network operators
  • Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI)
  • Other licence holders/VoIP

Telecommunications infrastructure
  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • National Internet Network (NIN)
  • International infrastructure

Smart infrastructureAppendix - Historic dataGlossary of abbreviationsRelated reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Iran 2021 (e)
Table 2 Iran - GDP and inflation 2010-2021
Table 3 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2016-2019
Table 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 5 Growth in the number of M2M SIM cards 2014-2019
Table 6 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013-2026
Table 7 Development of MTN Irancell's financial data (ZAR million) 2015-2021
Table 8 Development of MTN Irancell's revenue and EBITDA (IRR billion) 2016-2021
Table 9 Change in the number of MTN Irancell's mobile subscribers 2009-2021
Table 10 Change in MTN Irancell's mobile ARPU ($) 2009-2021
Table 11 Change in MTN Irancell's mobile ARPU (IRR) 2012-2021
Table 12 Change in MTN Irancell's mobile traffic 2010-2021
Table 13 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Table 14 MTN Irancell's active internet subscribers 2017-2020
Table 15 Increase in the number of DSL subscribers 2011-2021
Table 16 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011-2026
Table 17 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2011-2020
Table 18 Historic - Iran - mobile subscribers and penetration - 1995-2010
Table 19 Historic - Iran - fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995-2010
Table 20 Historic - Iran - International Internet bandwidth 2002-2010
Table 21 Historic - Iran - fixed broadband subscribers 2006-2010
List of Charts
Chart 1 Middle East mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 2 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband subscriber penetration
Chart 3 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2016-2019
Chart 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Chart 5 Growth in the number of M2M SIM cards 2014-2019
Chart 6 Iran - mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration 2013-2026
Chart 7 Development of MTN Irancell's financial data (ZAR) 2015-2021
Chart 8 Development of MTN Irancell's financial data (IRR) 2016-2021
Chart 9 Change in the number of MTN Irancell's mobile subscribers 2009-2021
Chart 10 Change in MTN Irancell's mobile ARPU (IRR) 2012-2021
Chart 11 Change in MTN Irancell's mobile traffic 2010-2021
Chart 12 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011-2026
Chart 13 MTN Irancell's active internet subscribers 2017-2020
Chart 14 Increase in the number of DSL subscribers 2011-2021
Chart 15 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011-2026
Chart 16 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2011-2020
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Privatisation of TCI