Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Iran ranks at No. 5 in the world in blog writing and has 13 million subscribers to social networks"

"TCI buys 50% of the technology and solutions displayed at iran telecom innovations 2015""Great platform to launch innovations as the Internet of Things including Smart City, Smart Home, Smart Health and Connected Cars and Offices”40,000+ visitors and 171 exhibitors from 11 countries at iran telecom inovations 2015

At iran telecom innovations 2015 business and entertainment go hand in hand and all this with an extremely positive outlook on the future development.

There are the telco-halls with all the latest smart phones and tablets, but also presenting serious visions and relevant proposals on the Internet of things including Smart City, Smart Cars, …

And there are all the B2B halls where OEM’s discuss business with engineers and on what is next on Iran’s agenda to modernize its CIT infrastructure.

Exhibitors were extremely happy to hear what TCI’s General Manager Public Relations & International Affairs Dr Zareian had confirmed: “We buy 50% of the technology and solutions displayed at this trade fair.” More on that below The remaining 50% were probably bought by MTN Irancell, MCI and others.

And there is a second important statement of Dr Zareian which draws a lot of attention: “A country with great interest in the virtual atmosphere Iran is worldwide the No. 5 in blog writing and has 13 million subscribers to social networks.”

Yet another highlight of this year’s edition was MTN Irancell’s presentation of solutions on the Internet of Things including innovative platforms providing Smart City, Smart Home, Smart Health and Connected Cars and Offices. 

Exhibitors and visitors were extremely satisfied with iran telecom innovations 2015, a milestone marking A new era of Doing Business in Iran.

The general outlook for the future is very positive. Here are just a few examples:

  • “MCI is very interested in partnerships with international players to invest in our mobile infrastructure. We have to be ready, when the sanctions will be lifted and the market will be open for international competitors. But first of all lifting the sanctions will boost our business and we really looking forward to it.” Ms Azam Zahmatkesh, MCI - Senior Brand Expert
  • “MTN Irancell is very optimistic about the future roadmap leveraging the latest development happening between Iran and the international community. MTN Irancell confirms its readiness for the new era of supporting new business opportunities in Iran and proactively prepared the required infrastructure to support the increasing demand for Enterprise Business Solutions specially by the new foreign investors, once the market will be totally open.” Mr Mazen Mroue, MTN Irancell – COO
  • “Right now we already see very positive things happening, as only in the last month 20 international companies in the ICT business, from Italy, France, Russia and China started to collaborate with Iran.” Dr Zareian, TCI – GM of PR & International Affairs

40,000+ visitors discussed business with the exhibitors this year.

The Minister of ICT being in New York together with President Rohani participating at the UN General Assembly speakers at the official opening on 26 September 2015 included:

  • Dr Davaee, Vice Minister of Ministry of ICT in fields of Technology and New Technologies
  • Dr Jahangard, Vice Minister and Head of Iranian Information Technology Organization of Iran
  • Mr Rastegar, Head of Telecommunication Association
  • Mr Saadat, Head of Computer Association
  • Dr Firouzabadi, Head of Iranian Organization of Cyber Space
  • Dr Farnaghizad, Director of Public Relations, Ministry of ICT


Let’s hear how the exhibitors themselves evaluated the actual situation for business in Iran and the exhibition:

Dr Zareian, Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) – General Manager of Public Relations & International Affairs:

Telecommunication Company of Iran, or TCI incumbent operator in Iran offering services in Fixed & mobile telephony, DSL and Data services for both residential and business customers, all throughout the country. Since 6 years TCI, the biggest and oldest telecommunication company in Iran is privatized.

TCI has more than 97 million subscribers of their services in mobile, fixed lines and data both from the private and business sector. In fixed lines business we are monopolist in Iran and have 29.5 million subscribers. In contrast, we are with our mobile arm in a fierce competition.

The participation at iran telecom innovations 2015 provides us best possibilities to meet most of our suppliers, we buy 50% of the technology and solutions displayed at this trade fair.


Further we can check the latest trends in ICT and getting feedback from our customers and the industry. And of course this is this most important and best visited ICT trade fair in Iran, a country with great interest in the virtual atmosphere. Iran is worldwide the No. 5 in blog writing and has 13 million subscribers to social networks.

Right now we already see very positive things happening, as only in the last month 20 international companies in the ICT business, from Italy, France, Russia and China started to collaborate with Iran.


iran telecom innovations 2015: 171 exhibitors from 11 countries present their latest CIT solutions

After the Vienna agreement between Iran and world powers of July 2015 the year 2016 will see international sanctions lifted. Especially in the digital sector, international tech-giants will enter Iran‘s 80-million-strong, highly educated, consumption-savvy market for the very first time whereas many others will return after a period of standstill.

According to the event’s organisers Palar Samaneh of Tehran and their German partners fairtrade this development also marks a new era for iran telecom, Iran’s most valuable technology event since its inception in the year 2000. “To mark the new era of Doing Business in Iran and to take account of the technological developments in the past 15 years, iran telecom has been renamed in iran telecom innovations and a new logo has been created” outlines Martin März, fairtrade’s MD.

At Iran’s 16th International Trade Show on CIT Solutions 171 exhibitors from 11 countries present their innovative services and products towards an audience of 30,000+ professionals with real buying power. The exhibitors come from China, Croatia, Germany, India, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. All set in halls 6 to 13, series 25 and hall 27 of the Tehran International Fairgrounds from 26 to 29 September 2015 to accompany the country in the modernisation of its CIT infrastructure, of its industry, the ways of Doing Business and the ways to communicate.

iran telecom innovations enjoys the official support of the Ministry of ICT, the Communications Regulatory Authority, theTelecommunications Infrastructure Company (TIC) and the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI). The event showcases a broad picture of the entire CIT market in Iran. According to Iran’s Telecommunications Report published by BMI Research - A Fitch Group Company in August 2015, Iran's nascent 3G/4G market is expanding and to grow by an average of 36% over the next five years to 2019. MTN Irancell joined Rightel in offering 3G and 4G services in the country.

Iran's second biggest mobile operator MTN Irancell has launched 3G and 4G services and market leader MIC is planning to do so in the very near future. Iran has over 111mn mobile subscribers, boosted by MTN's launch of 3G services in 2014, and an expected number of some 20 million 3G subscribers by the end of 2015. The rapid growth is to continue over the short term as more operators launch advanced services.