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Iran Communications: from the All Country Info reference guide to country facts

Iran Communications

Iran Communications: A summary of information about Iran Communications, from government research data as well as independent research and other sources.

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Iran: Communications

Telephones - main lines in use
7 million (1998 est.)
Telephones - mobile cellular
265,000 (August 1998)
Telephone system
inadequate but currently being modernized and
expanded with the goal of not only improving the efficiency and
increasing the volume of the urban service but also bringing telephone
service to several thousand villages, not presently connected
domestic: as a result of heavy investing in the telephone system since
1994, the number of long distance channels in the microwave radio
relay trunk has grown substantially; many villages have been brought
into the net; the number of main lines in the urban systems have
approximately doubled; and thousands of mobile cellular subscribers
are being served; moreover, the technical level of the system has been
raised by the installation of thousands of digital switches
international: HF radio and microwave radio relay to Turkey,
Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Syria, Kuwait,
Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan; submarine fiber-optic cable to UAE with
access to Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); Trans Asia Europe
(TAE) fiber-optic line runs from Azerbaijan through the northern
portion of Iran to Turkmenistan with expansion to Georgia and
Azerbaijan; satellite earth stations - 9 Intelsat and 4 Inmarsat;
Internet service available but limited to electronic mail to promote
Iranian culture
Radio broadcast stations
AM 72, FM 5, shortwave 5 (1998)
Radios
17 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations
28 (plus 450 low-power repeaters)
(1997)
Televisions
4.61 million (1997)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
1 (1999)
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