Cellphones outnumber fixed lines in Iran

2 Oct 2007

The Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) says the country now has more cellular subscribers than fixed line users. The mobile penetration rate has reached 33%, with a total of over 28.5 million subscribers. TCI claims 68% of the mobile market with around 19.5 million customers, with the MTN subsidiary IranCell in second place with 3.5 million subscribers. Another private firm, Taliya, has around a million users, while two other operators – Telecommunications Kish Company and Mobile Telecommunication Company of Esfahan – operate small regional networks with only a few thousand users each. A report from IranMania, which quotes TCI chairman Vafa Ghaffarian, says the province of Tehran is home to around 5.5 million mobile users, while the provinces of Esfahan, Fars, Hamedan and Khuzestan are all home to more than a million subscribers each. More information on the Iranian mobile market can be found in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.


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