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Telecommunication in Iran

The development of telecommunications in Iran is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +98, there were a total of 165.20 million connections in 2021. Among them were 135.89 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.5 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

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 11.66 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iran ranks 144th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 1.9 Mbit/second was significantly lower (173rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Iran comes 55th with a download speed of 39.32 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 65th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the internet in Iran from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Iran 2000 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerIran is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 79 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 12 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021



Distribution in 2021Iran
Total
Iran
percent
USA
Total
USA
percent
Broadband users10.67 m12.14 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines29.31 m33.33 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars135.89 m154.55 %361.62 m108.96 %

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