Iran’s telecoms watchdog the Communications Regulatory Authority of Iran (CRA) has announced that only four companies are currently licensed to provide services based on WiMAX technology on the territory of Iran. According to the press release, Datak Telecom has failed to get authorisation for continuation of its WiMAX services, as a renewal deadline of one year to finalise a ‘licence agreement’ with the regulator has passed. The CRA also warned that the company should not attempt to attract new customers.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the four licences awarded in March 2009 stipulate that MobinNet is entitled to provide WiMAX in all of the provinces of Iran (30 in total), MTN Irancell is entitled to offer WiMAX services in six provinces (Tehran, East Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Khorasan Razavi, Fars and Khuzestan), while Mobile Telecommunications Company of Esfahan (MTCE) and Rayaneh Danesh are licensed for one province each, Esfahan (also known as Ishafan) and Golestan respectively. The licences are valid for six years. GlobalComms adds that Private Access Provider (PAP) licence holder Datak Telecom separately received a licence to provide mobile WiMAX services in November 2008, having previously launched pre-WiMAX services in Tehran, and its WiMAX (802.16e) services were rolled out in the capital in 2010 following an equipment contract awarded to Samsung. However, Datak subsequently appears to have failed to comply with regulatory conditions to renew its WiMAX licence, while the company’s website is currently inactive. The first WiMAX service in Tehran was launched back in January 2007 by Laser Telecom utilising a temporary licence, but Laser’s service is no longer operational.