Iran looks to embrace web

Iran is reportedly investing US$62million in an internet network to be deployed across the nation.

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By  Administrator Published  May 3, 2007

Iran is reportedly investing US$62million in an internet network to be deployed across the nation.

According to local media, the Iranian government has earmarked US$62million for the project, dubbed the National Internet Network.

Mohammad Soleimani, Iran's minister of communication and information technology, told the Fars news agency the project is already underway and will be used to link schools, administrative offices, hospitals and around 10,000 banks.

The move is being seen as a big step for the country, where the government's stance on the internet is considered one of the strictest in the world.

Last year the Iranian telecom regulatory authority imposed a ban on high-speed internet in the country, forbidding internet service providers to sell ADSL services with a speed of more than 128kbit/s.

There are 7.5 million web users in Iran, equivalent to 10.8% of the total population, according to Internet World statistics.

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