Iran’s parliament has approved Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi as President Rouhani’s youngest cabinet member and ICT minister.
After few days of debate on social media and national TV over Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, the youngest cabinet member of Rouhani, he finally got the approval of Iran’s parliament. He gained the vote of confidence from the Parliament today on August 20, 2017, with 152 yes, 120 no, 7 absentee and 9 invalid votes. This is a big step for Rouhani’s government since people expected the president to make his cabinet younger and more agile. President Rouhani didn’t use any other young members in his cabinet, however, Azari Jahromi is the youngest cabinet member since the Iranian revolution.
Jahromi is a 35-year-old Electrical engineer. He has been the ICT Deputy Minister, Chairman of the Board & Managing Director at Iran’s Telecommunications Infrastructure Company (TIC) from early 2016. Before that, he was serving the country as a member of the board at TIC for almost two years from 2014 to 2016. TechRasa has published an article regarding the activities of Jahromi Azari and his career which you can check out from here.
As we mentioned in the previous articles, Jahromi Azari has played an important role in ICT development in the past years. These are some of the achievements of Iran’s ICT ministry during President Rouhani’s government in the past four years:
- Completing the 5th 5-year ICT infrastructure development plan from 15% to 100%.
- Building and developing the main fiber-optic network from 51,497 KM to 62,602 KM, almost 11,105 KM.
- Expanding the capacity of country’s data transfer network from 900 Gbps to 10,041 Gbps, almost 11 times.
- Expanding the capacity of the country’s broadband network from 624 Gbps to 6,800 Gbps, almost 10 times.
- Expanding the capacity of the country’s international data transit from 116 Gbps to 558 Gbps, almost 5 times.
- Expanding the provincial data centers from 4 to 19 centers to host the Iranian services inside the country.
- Expanding the Internet Exchange Points (IXP) from 1 to 8 points to avoid redundant international data traffic and lower ISPs and end users expenses.
- Building 8 Content Delivery Networks (CDN) to provide faster internet access.
- Reducing tariffs for infrastructure services and lowering the cost of producing domestic content on the Internet.
- Launching the first and second phase of smart filtering which helped some of the social media platforms and websites to not get blocked entirely.
- Bringing the broadband internet (mobile and cable) to 43 million people from 5.3 million in the beginning of the government.
- Expanding the 3G network from 4 cities to 900 cities, almost 225 times.
- Developing the 4G network from scratch and expanding it to 742 cities.
- Developing the access to the National Information Network for rural areas from scratch and expanding it to 27,397 villages.
Overall, we haven’t experienced such developments in the ICT sector in previous governments, or maybe it wasn’t the time for it back then. However, it seems that ICT developments have become one of the main priorities of President Rouhani’s government.
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