According to the latest statistics, there are over 77.6 million active sim cards in Iran with an active mobile subscription penetration rate of 97.48 percent. Last year the penetration rate for mobile sim cards was 96.58 percent. The statistics also show that there are 73 million inactive sim cards in Iran.
Newest statistics until the first three months of the current Persian year show that the total number of sim cards assigned to Iranians have reached to 150.5 million, but 73 million of them have been deactivated. As it’s expected, Hamrah-e Aval (MCI), the first mobile operating network in Iran has the biggest share of the market with 44 million and 643 thousand active users with a penetration rate of 56.02% and a market share of 57% of the country’s cellular network.
Irancell, the second largest mobile operating network in Iran has attracted 30 million and 953 thousand active users to its network with a penetration rate of 38.84%, and a market share of 40% in the country. Righted the third largest mobile operating network has 2 million and 177 thousand active users, penetration rate of 2.73% and a 3% market share in Iran.
Comparing to last year’s statistics the number of active sim cards in Iran has seen a 9.4% increase. Mobile penetration in the first quarter has also reached to 94.48% from 89.82%. Hamrah-e Aval (MCI), Irancell and Rightel all saw an increase in their penetration rate with 4.02%, 2.72% and 1% respectively.
The statistics also show that Irancell has the biggest share of inactive sim cards in Iran with 52.72% share. Hamrah-e Aval and Rightel also have 41.41% and 0.64% share respectively in the number of inactive sim cards in the country.
The three main mobile operating networks in Iran are competing hard to better serve their customers since Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was officially launched a couple of weeks ago. MNP enables the subscribers to change their mobile carrier while keeping their previous mobile number. Operators received thousands of request from their users in the first weeks when the process started and this has forced the operators to improve the quality of their services they provide.