Telecommunication Company of Iran would bring WiFi Offloading to Iran. At first, they’ll start with more concentrated and centralized cities like Tehran, Mashhad, Qom and Shiraz and then they would expand it to the whole country.
“Infrastructures for WiFi Offloading has been provided and the service begins in a matter of months,” said Reza Khalili, deputy of Tehran Telecommunication Company.
So what is WiFi Offloading? “Mobile data offloading, often known as WiFi offloading, is the use of complementary network technologies for delivering data originally targeted for cellular networks. Offloading reduces the amount of data being carried on the cellular bands, freeing bandwidth for other users. It is also used in situations where local cell reception may be poor, allowing the user to connect via wired services with better connectivity,” according to Wikipedia.
Iran has the highest number of internet users in the region which is over 61 million, and over 30 Million connected to the internet via mobile. That’s why the demand for public internet is pretty high. In cities such as Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad the majority of coffee shops and restaurants, libraries, hotels, airports, universities and even some shopping malls and stores provide WiFi for their customers.
Comparing to other countries in the region, access to public internet is much more easier and convenient than countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia. One of the reasons for the growth of public internet is that cellular internet access wasn’t decent few years back. Now with the improvement of cellular services and variety of offers such as 4G internet access, market demands better internet access. That’s why Telecommunication Company of Iran is trying to make a move in terms of its infrastructures in order to provide better internet access.
Davoud Zareian spokesman of Iran Telecommunication Company says: “Importing and implementing these equipments leads to the development and advancement of internet access. We will try to start with more concentrated and centralized cities like Tehran, Mashhad, Qom and Shiraz then expand it to the whole country. We expect to see it done in at least two cities by the end of this Persian year.”
Expansion to the whole country means small cities and villages will also be provided with WiFi Offloading. This will make a great impact regarding the quality in connectivity and communication within the country.
IMS: “The IP Multimedia Subsystem or IP Multimedia Core Network Subsystem (IMS) is an architectural framework for delivering IP multimedia services. Historically, mobile phones have provided voice call services over a switched-circuit-style network, rather than strictly over an IP packet-switched network. Alternative methods of delivering voice or other multimedia services over IP have become available on smartphones (e.g. VoIP or Skype), but they have not become standardized across the industry. IMS is an architectural framework to provide such standardization.” based on Wikipedia.