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 147.02 million connections in 2019. Among them were 118.06 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 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 70% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 10% 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 17.84 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iran ranked 137th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 10.21 Mbit/second (133rd place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Iran comes 84th with a download speed of 25.64 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 89th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019

Broadband internet in Iran 2000 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Iran
Broadband users8.63 m10.40 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines28.95 m34.92 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars118.06 m142.39 %547.36 m122.31 %