0431 GMT May 27, 2022
Latest data by the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) published on Tuesday showed that mobile internet adoption rate in Iran has reached 109.27%, up more than 26% against figures reported in 2019, Press TV reported.
Overall, the number of individual mobile users in Iran reached nearly 135.89 million, according to the CRA which put mobile phone penetration rate in the country at 161.67% for the quarter to December 21.
Iran’s first mobile operator MCI accounted for nearly 53% of customers while rival operator MTN Irancell had over 58 million, or 42%, of active subscribers in Iran over the period. The number of active SIM cards operated by third carrier Rightel had reached just over 5 million, showed the CRA figures.
The figures showed, however, that fixed broadband adoption in Iran had stalled at 12.9%, with nearly 10.896 million customers having access to the Internet via those services over the December quarter.
Rural telecoms access in Iran had improved over the period as the overall number of villages with access to communication services rose to 51,400, around 93% of all villages, while access to home landline services was possible in 47,272 villages.
Iran has struggled to provide fast internet service to the bulk of the population living in more than 55,000 villages in the country, as demand for online services has increased with the spread of the coronavirus over the past two years.