1050 GMT June 30, 2022
The operator said on its website that the service had come on line on Tuesday evening in a ceremony attended by Iran’s Communications and Information Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, Press TV reported.
It said the site located in a park in northern Tehran would be a first in the country where people can have commercial access to the fifth generation internet.
MTN Irancell, the largest data operator in Iran, had already rolled out non-commercial 5G services in three locations in Tehran.
The operator said data transfer speed over the 5G network launched on Tuesday was 3-3.5 gigabits per second.
In a tweet on Monday, Azari-Jahromi said that he would open the first site with public access to 5G, adding that three other such services would come on line in the next few weeks in the cities of Mashhad, in the east, and in Shiraz and Kish, in southern Iran.
Iranian government data show that the country has an internet penetration rate of over 90 percent for a population of more than 84 million people.
A deputy head of Iran’s Communication Regulatory Authority said on Monday that holding an auction for the allocation of the 3,500 MHz band had been finalized following months of deliberation and studies by the regulator.
Nastaran Mohseni said Iran would have problems developing 5G in 3,300-3,400 MHz because its access to equipment needed in those spectrums have been hampered by US sanctions.
Mohseni defended the decision and said it would entail more transparency as recommended by the International Telecommunication Union.