Every week we’ll be bringing you the highlights of Iran’s tech scene in the past week. This week, we covered Iran’s advancement in United Nation’s E-Government ranking, Elecomp 2018 taking place in Tehran and Telegram getting unblocked after the end of its monopoly.

Iran Shows Advancement in UN’s E-Government Ranking

According to the UN’s E-Government Survey 2018, Iran ranks 86 in the E-Government Development Index (EGDI). Before Iran in this ranking is Panama in the 85th spot, and after Iran is Armenia in the 87th spot.

Also, Iran along with India, Indonesia, Maldives and Kyrgyzstan is among the countries that have transitioned from Middle to High-EGDI level group.

According to this report, Iran is among the countries that have advanced more than 30 positions in the 2018 EPI (Environmental Performance Index) ranking. Iran’s 2016 EPI ranking was 149, and in 2018 it reached the 111 place, moving 38 spots.

The top countries in the E-Government Development Index are Denmark, Australia, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, New Zealand, France and Japan.

To read the full report click here.

Elecomp 2018 to Be Held from July 28th in Tehran

Elecomp 2018, Iran’s biggest electronics and computer products and services exhibition will be taken place from July 28 to 31st in Tehran. Since 1995, numerous Iranian and international players in the ICT field have joined the event to showcase their latest achievements in software and hardware; and startups have also become a part of this exhibition in the recent years.

In 2018, the 24th edition of Elecomp will be focusing on startups and innovative solutions more than ever with new programs and events including Elecom Talks, Elecom Games and Elecom Trends.

To find out more about the event click here.

Telegram Getting Unblocked After the End of Its Monopoly

This week Abolhassan Firouzabadi, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace told the press that the decision to block Telegram was taken by the country’s judiciary and the approach of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace has been to remove the monopoly of Telegram. According to Firouzabadi blocking Telegram has been a success in order to remove its monopoly in the country, as reported by Ibena.

He added that if the local messaging apps would be able to provide sustainable services, there’s a chance that Telegram might get unblocked. Despite the rumors, he also mentioned that there have been no talks about Instagram getting blocked.

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