Faster FTTH adoption in Iran as telcos rollout fibre network to more areas
As of end-2017, the Iranian fixed broadband subscriptions expanded by 17% YoY – closing the period with nearly 11m subscriptions. In general, the continued fibre network expansion and upgrades resulted in increasing take-up of FTTH services which drove the overall fixed broadband subscriptions in the country. Since 2015, Iranian Net has been investing in fibre networks, and recently announced of extending its fibre coverage further to the areas of Tehran, Karaj, Qom, Tabriz, Shiraz, and Ahvaz as part of its partnership with MTN. The operator currently offers FTTH services of up to 50 Mbps for IRR 3 000 000 per month (around USD 71) (price excludes IRR 6 700 000 (around USD 159) worth FTTH connection cost). Likewise, TCI has kicked-off its FTTH rollout project in May 2017 with the goal of connecting around 580 000 fibre optic installed lines across Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Karaj, and Kermanshah. The initiative was implemented with the help of Huawei, Fiber Home of China, and Nokia.