Fiber optic is known globally as a more stable and efficient way of connecting to data platforms compared to conventional copper cables. And now Iran has finally launched its first phase of fiber optic Internet for Iranian households.

TANOMA, which stands for Telecommunication Company of Iran’s optical fiber in Farsi, was launched this week during a ceremony with the presence of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi and First Vice President of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri.

TANOMA will be rolled out in Tehran and seven other populous provinces of Iran in the first phase. “With TANOMA, Fiber To The Home (FTTH) services are now available,” said Mahmoud Vaezi, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology. In this phase, the platform will connect 580k ports to the Internet and the National Information Network (NIN or National internet), which is an alternative network aimed to provide low cost, clean and secure internet launched initially in 2016. Of 580 ports, 245K were assigned to Tehran, 85K to Isfahan, 80K to Mashhad, 61K to Shiraz, 61K to Ahvaz, 28K to Karaj and 20K to Kermanshah.

This project can provide an FTTH (Fiber To The Home) platform which is capable of facilitating distance learning, HD or 4K IPTV, and other multimedia services as well as High-speed Internet access for home users.

Previously Iranian Net, AKA the “Fourth Operator” which was established in 2011 had acquired the national monopoly over the fiber optic project in Iran, but failed to deliver many times due to the sanctions and investment issues.

According to Barat Ghanbari, the chairman of Telecommunication Company of Iran, 2 thousand kilometers of fiber optic was used to connect 1 million users to the network in 8 different provinces. The government invested almost 316 million US dollars on the project. By completing this project Iranians could enjoy 50Mbps to 100Mbps internet speed.

FTTH as an alternative to traditional methods of connecting to the internet such as ADSL networks has proven to be capable of providing a High-speed platform for connecting to the internet. This couldn’t be possible without Iran’s National Internet Network project. These developments can bring a new era for businesses and startups in the country as the the internet infrastructure plays an important role in this matter.

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Good to see fiber optic take off in Iran.

It’s interesting though how Iranians themselves are unknowingly hurting themselves by making the term “Farsi” an acceptable English term replacing “Persian”.