During the launch ceremony of The National Information Network, Iran’s Minister of Communications announced that the domestic Internet prices in the country will drop by 50% in the upcoming week.
In August 2016, Iran launched its first phase of The National Information Network after 11 years of planning. The first phase brought access to domestic content such as video services, e-government and also led to faster and cheaper Internet prices across the country. Next week, as the government had promised previously, the second phase of Iran’s National Information Network will be launched in order to bring domestic HD video services at affordable prices to the major cities of the country. According to Mahmoud Vaezi, Iran’s Minister of Communications, the country’s Internet prices will drop by 50% for domestic content.
With this new phase, the country’s average Internet speed for fixed networks will reach to an average of 4 Megabits per second while for wireless networks it would reach to 3 Megabits per second.
Iran’s Internet has seen significant growth in the recent years. In 2013, Iran’s Internet bandwidth was 624 Gbps. Currently it’s 14,000 Gbps and is planned to reach to 120,000 Gbps in 2017. With these changes the growth of internet bandwidth will shift consumer behavior towards a digital lifestyle. Check out TechRasa’sAdTech report from this link for more information.
CEO of Iran’s Communication Regulatory Authority has also recently stated that with the new changes in Internet usage behavior, 75% of Internet bandwidth is expected to be used by video content. Currently Iranian ISPs mostly offer a limited bandwidth cap to their users, and the unlimited Internet packages are quite expensive. Even some ISPs such as the Telecommunication Company of Iran stopped offering unlimited plans as the prices were not reasonable for the end user. With the recent developments in Iran’s National Information Network, the unlimited services are expected to be back on track.