|[November 28, 2012]
Research and Markets: Iran Telecommunications Report Q4 2012
DUBLIN --(Business Wire)--
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9tkj6h/iran)
has announced the addition of the "Iran
Telecommunications Report Q4 2012" report to their offering.
The Iran Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and
strategists, corporate analysts, telecommunication associations,
government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts
and competitive intelligence on Iran's telecommunications industry.
Iran's mobile penetration has exceeded 100%. Although the fixed-line and
internet sectors continue to record positive growth, they remain
restricted by tight government regulation, censorship and
underinvestment in network infrastructure. All three sectors present
significant growth opportunities but we expect the mobile sector to
continue to outperform because of superior network investments and
competition between the operators.
- Quarterly mobile growth averaged 3.7% in the 12 months to June 2012.
- We have revised our internet and broadband data for Iran to reflect
new data from the ITU, as well as the impact of the launch of the first
phase of the National Data Network (NDN),
expected in September 2012.
- Iran's mobile ARPU is unchanged this quarter despite growing market
saturation that has the potential to increase downward pressure on
- The fixed-line sector grew by 3.4% y-o-y during 2011, according to
latest data from the ITU,
bucking the trend of declining fixed-line subscriptions observed in many
Iran is in 14th position on our telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings table,
ahead of only Libya. Iran has one of the highest populations in the
region, which bodes well for the telecoms market. However, it is
restricted by a weak ARPU, a low Industry Risks rating, and an equally
weak Country Risk score due to the uncertainly of government policies
and long-term political stability. The high degree of state control and
regulation in all sectors of the telecoms market, weak macroeconomic
environment and reduced consumer spending power following cuts to
subsidies on utilities and fuel, spiralling inflation and the more
stringent sanctions imposed by the international community in late 2011
all drag on the country's score.
Key Trends And Developments:
Iran's internet market is expected to benefit from the government-backed
NDN. The first phase of the project is expected to be launched in
September 2012, according to Minister of Information and Communications
Technology Reza Taqipour. The second phase is expected to be ready for
service by March 2013. Although the network will still be censored by
the government, its quality and coverage is expected to attract a
considerable number of internet users.
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