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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 156.72 million connections in 2020. Among them were 127.62 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 10.21 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Iran ranked 146th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 1.6 Mbit/second was significantly lower (177th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Iran comes 70th with a download speed of 27.74 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 10 Mbit was enough for 68th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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

Symbol image: cell towerIran is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 84% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 11% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Iran
Internet users70.65 m84.11 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users9.56 m11.39 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines29.09 m34.64 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars127.62 m151.95 %351.48 m106.03 %

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