Broadband internet penetration rate has reached 94% while the services were only available in 22% of the country eight years ago, a deputy ICT minister said.
According to Amir Nazemi, who also heads the ministry’s Information Technology Organization, 81% of Iranians use the internet at least once a week, IRNA reported.
The figures show an outstanding progress in Iran’s ICT development since Hassan Rouhani began his first presidential term in 2013. This has been achieved through the ICT Ministry’s efforts for expanding and upgrading communication infrastructures throughout the country, especially in less developed areas,” he added.
Nazemi underlined the fact that extension of a service like internet depends both on infrastructure and content availability, “which means that internet access can be called extensive only when people from all walks of life can use the service in their everyday life”.
“In recent years, the International Telecommunications Union has ranked Iran among countries with high ICT development,” Nazemi said, adding that the achievement should be an incentive for officials to make their best efforts for maintaining and strengthening this status.