Every week we’ll be bringing you the highlights of Iran’s tech scene in the past week. This week, we covered Silk Road Startup Summit’s final countdown, a new record for SHETAB transactions during the past year, assigning an unemployment insurance for Iranian businesses migrating out of Telegram and blocking this messenger in the country.


Final Countdown to the Silk Road Startup Summit in Kish Island

The final countdown is coming to an end and we’re only two days away from the Silk Road Startup Summit in Iran. As we had mentioned, this summit is going to take place on the 18th and 19th of this month (April) in Kish Island. So we highly recommend anyone who’s interested in finding out the final startup winner, networking chance with the 300 attendees, participating in different workshops and many other activities in that matter, to not miss out on this wonderful opportunity. For more information on Silk Road Startup Summit, you can read the article below.

Silk Road Startup Summit Takes Place in Kish Island in April


A New Record for SHETAB Transactions During the past Year

According to Tasnim, the CEO of Informatics Services Corporation has announced a new record for SHETAB transactions during the past Persian year (1396). This record implies more than 27 Billion transactions (an average of 75 million transactions a day) with a 30% growth rate done by above 99% of full security and stability. Also the most transactions were made on March 19th (2 days before the Nowrouz holidays) with a total of 162 million transactions. These transactions transported a total of 5200 Trillion Tomans (1040 Billion Dollars) during the past year. Most of which were done through POS (60%), ATM’s (24%) and internet and mobile payments. 

Also Mr. Najafi pointed out to SHAPARAK’s 36 billion transactions with a 35% growth rate during the past year. SHAPARAK’s record for most transactions in one day were 220 million transactions on the 19th of March. 

Related: SHETAB the System Behind Card-Based Transactions in Iran

SHAPARAK the Backbone of Card-Based Payment in Iran


Assigning Unemployment Insurance for Iranian Businesses’ Migration out of Telegram

According to Mehr News, today the Deputy of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace announced that, in order to ease the process of the migration out of Telegram, an unemployment insurance will be assigned to Iranian businesses.

As we mentioned in our previous articles, there are more than 200 thousand Iranian families which supply their direct income from this messaging app.

Related: Infographic: Telegram Usage Statistics in Iran


Blocking Telegram Still Not Decided

These days we are used to hearing different officials emphasizing on the necessity of blocking Telegram in the country as soon as possible.

However the Deputy of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Mr. Firoozabadi, stated this morning that this council still has not made its decision on blocking Telegram in Iran, although this can happen at any time. For more on blocking Telegram, you can read the article below.

Iran Seeks to Block Telegram. Here’s Why.

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The complete result is known to block the telegram or not?
It is very robust in terms of securit