Official: Iran to Become Internet Service Provider by Yearend
News number: 9107127547 16:58 | 2012-12-16
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran will be promoted to an Internet service provider to other
countries after the first phase of the Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG)
becomes operational by the end of current Iranian year (ends March 20,
2013), an Iranian official said Sunday.
"The EPEG is a communications highway which links Europe to Eastern Asia and
once this project is officially inaugurated, Iran will be upgraded to Tier2
level (Internet service provider) from the current Tier3 level (Internet
service consumer)," Deputy Head of Infrastructure Communications Company
Mehdi Karimi Neyestani told FNA on Sunday.
He reiterated that with the implementation of EPEG project before the end of
the current Iranian year (on March 20, 2013), Iran will turn into an
Internet service provider from the current Internet service operator.
Neyestani said that the upgrade of Iran's Internet will have a great
influence on international communications and access to band width.
EPEGs' bandwidth will hit about 3.2 Tbit /s, and its length will reach 6,000
Last month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran is ready to
link its national internet network to the other members of the Economic
Cooperation Organization (ECO) as well as other regional states.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with participants of the first
meeting of ECO member states ministers of communication and information
technology in Tehran.
Referring to creation of national communication network in Iran, Ahmadinejad
said that the network can be connected to the other ECO member states and
countries of the region.
He stressed that in internet and communication world all geographical and
physical limitations are eliminated, and said internet is an unlimited world
for human communication.
Iran announced in September that it has already started implementing the
first phase of a national internet network.
"So far, the first phase of the National Information Network that is
partitioning the network has been put into action in 28 provinces," Iranian
Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour said.
"After the implementation of the first phase of the National Information
Network, we will be linked to an independent internet network and the
national information network," the minister stated, adding that an
independent network doesn't mean a lack of access to the worldwide web.