Now, and due to the efforts made, 97 percent of villages in the country are connected.
PR of the Ministry of ICT – Dr. Reza Taghipour in the ceremony of National ICT Festival, said: "Therefore, 90 percent of villages have benefited from fixed phone".
"Also, 56 thousand villages have communication system and high-speed internet connection have been offered to11 thousand villages ", he added.
He pointed to develop ICT rural offices as another step in ICT section that provide Post, Post bank and telecommunication services.
Dr. Reza Taghipour pointed to national communication statistics and continued: providing all requests in all sectors, including fixed phone has been updated and in less time.
"So, it would reduce the costs and remove the black market of these areas and emphasized: the number of mobile subscribers was 5 million in 1383 but it increased 11 times and reached to 56 million and 555 thousand",
Minister of ICT said: "now, mobile penetration has reached to 72 percent in the country so, it shows all active population has more than one SIM card".
"Banking services provide to the villagers through Post Bank public company and the subsidies of one million 300 thousand of rural families has been distributes through this bank", he added.
Dr. Reza Taghipour pointed to privatization in ICT area and said: a competitive environment has been created in this area and a broad activities done by CRA.
He pointed to electronic services which are being offered and continued: now more than 800 services have been offered to the applicants through Iran portal.
Minister of ICT pointed to the infrastructure activities conducted in this area and said: "It's including 46 thousand Kms of the main fiber optic and over 80 thousand Kms of inter-province fiber optic".
"Increasing the network capacity to 292 thousand E1 and international bandwidth to over 26 Gbps are other steps taken in this area", he continued.
Minister of ICT pointed to the proposals of the fifth development plan and said: "We are trying to raise international bandwidth to 500 Gbps and increase the internal bandwidth to 50 times till the end of the plan".
According to the report, the ceremony attended by the President and the Ministry's senior managers and activists in this area and at the end, the elects of National ICT Festival has been honored.