Mobile communications and Internet in IranThe 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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Internet speed for cell phones and fixed networkWith an average download speed of 11.97 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iran ranks 145th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 2.3 Mbit/second was significantly lower (175th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Iran comes 62nd with a download speed of 35.98 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 79th place.
The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2023 from 180 countries.
Mobile phone rates in IranEvery year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 5.50 was calculated Iran in 2020. Compared to the previous year, this amount decreased by 10 cents.
The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in Iran spends 1.7% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 7.4 percent.
In the USA, the monthly cost was around $43.50.
Lack of network coverage with 5GA modern 5G network does not yet exist in Iran (as of 2021). The penetration rate of 4G, i.e., mobile communications with at least LTE speed, was recently 81 percent. In other words, 16.71 million people in the country had to make do with a maximum Internet speed of the outdated UMTS standard (or even less).
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 - 2021Iran 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
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Mobile phones 1990 - 2021
|Distribution in 2021||Iran|
|Internet users||69.11 m||78.60 %||304.52 m||91.75 %|
|Broadband users||10.67 m||12.14 %||125.89 m||37.93 %|
|Landlines||29.31 m||33.33 %||97.82 m||29.47 %|
|Mobile cellulars||135.89 m||154.55 %||361.66 m||108.97 %|