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Iran telecoms market registers massive growth

According to BroadGroup, a London-based consultancy, the country’s infrastructure is being overhauled to support the sustained period of growth.

Iran is rapidly evolving into one of the largest telecoms markets in the region. According to a report by BroadGroup, a London-based consultancy, the country’s infrastructure is being overhauled to support the sustained period of growth.

Project work includes the installation of a new wireless mesh network nationwide, and a 10,000 km fibre optic network with SDH technology.

“Internet in Iran has a current [compound annual growth rate] of 96%,” comments Dr Qmars Safikhani, the report author and an associate director of BroadGroup.

“But mobile too is experiencing huge growth, and we are forecasting more than treble the current subscriber base of 3.5m by mid-2005”.

The transition from analogue to a digital network and wider introduction of satellite networks remain the priorities of the country's telecommunication strategy. Fibre optic systems will increasingly be used as junctions or for long-distance connections.

The report also identifies the expansion of the public switching systems, satellite communications, mobile cellular networks, rural telecommunications and data-comms networks as other areas of major expansion.

The report also provides an outline on the progress of de-regulation in Iran.

“As the first report to assess Iran, we believe that market growth across all sectors is significant,” says Dr Safikhani.

“And given the plans currently in place, will afford a series of opportunities for participation by overseas companies,” he adds.

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