Telecommunication in Iran

The development of telecommunications in Iran is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +98, there were a total of 156.72 m connections in 2020. Among them were 127.62 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.5 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Iran is back. Around 84% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 11% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 197,804 webhosts, Iran is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 20.73 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iran ranked 132nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 11.58 Mbit/second (134th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Iran comes 79th with a download speed of 30.79 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was enough for 91st place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Iran from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Iran 2000 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Iran
Internet users70.65 m84.11 %393.46 m87.87 %
Broadband users9.56 m11.39 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines29.09 m34.64 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars127.62 m151.95 %541.96 m121.03 %