0307 GMT May 27, 2022
Iran is faced with no limitation for increasing the capacity of its international bandwidth, said the minister of information and communications technology.
Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of a ceremony to connect 1,000 villages to the national sustainable and high-speed communications network, Isa Zarepour added the ministry seeks to meet the country’s demands in terms of the global Internet traffic in parallel with developing domestic platforms and increasing the digital economy’s share of the entire financial system.
Over the past few months, due to a rise in domestic Internet usage and disconnection of a number of submarine optical fiber cables, data transfer speed in Iran decreased significantly. The limitation for increasing the capacity of the country’s international bandwidth was among the reasons mentioned for the drop in speed.
The minister said to expand the international bandwidth, however, “we are primarily required to develop our domestic capacities”.
Zarepour stressed that the ground should be prepared for the domestic platforms to be able to meet the people’s demands so that no disruption would occur when the international connections are severed until the problem is resolved.
He said, at present, the ministry is helping increase the digital economy’s share of the entire domestic economy by supporting the Iranian platforms.
The minister gave the assurance that swift progress is quite possible in the sector through adopting an opportunity-oriented approach.
He emphasized that promotion of fixed communications is a fundamental measure that is required to be taken in Iran.
“We have to convince the people to resort to using fixed wireless Internet. When people are at home, it is not justifiable that they should use their mobile Internet service.”
Zarepour said the ministry plans to launch close to 500,000 optical fiber cables to pave the way for the promotion of fixed Internet.
He added Iran is cooperating with some states, such as China, in the information and communications technology sector, noting, “We have placed on our agenda the development of technologies required for setting up the fifth-generation mobile network and improving the quality of the country’s fixed connections” through such collaborations.
The minister said numerous opportunities are available in neighboring states that can be used by Iranian platforms.