MTN Irancell releases 350,000 SIM cards

MTN Irancell’s launch follows a successful pilot phase in which all systems were tested and proved ready for roll out.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  October 25, 2006

South Africa’s MTN Group has announced the commercial launch of operations in the Iran, following the successful purchase of a 49% shareholding in Irancell. MTN Irancell’s coverage currently extends to Tehran, Mashhad and Tabriz, with Sari and Karaj expected to be available within the next two weeks. The network will expand to more than 70 cities by March 2007. On October 21 MTN Irancell released 350,000 SIM cards into the market and 1 million subscribers are expected by the end of December 2006. MTN Irancell subscribers will benefit from mobile telecommunications that is available immediately upon purchase of a SIM card. Products have been made available at over 200 stores in Tehran, Tabriz and Mashhad, and the distribution network will increase to 7,000 national points of presence by December 2006. “MTN is very pleased to be able to provide a quality cellular network service to the people of Iran. Economic fundamentals support Iranian mobile market potential and we are confident that we will reach our subscriber target by the end of this financial year,” commented Phuthuma Nhleko, MTN Group president and CEO. MTN Irancell’s launch follows a successful pilot phase in which all systems were tested and proved ready for roll out.

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