Communications of Iran

Telephones - main lines in use:21.981 million (2006)
Telephones - mobile cellular:8.5 million (2005)
Telephone system:general assessment: inadequate, but currently being modernized and expanded with the goal of not only improving the efficiency and increasing the volume of the urban service but also bringing telephone service to several thousand villages, not presently connected
domestic: the addition of new fiber cables and modern switching and exchange systems installed by Iran's state-owned telecom company have improved and expanded the main line network greatly; main line availability has more than doubled to 19 million lines since 1995; additionally, mobile service has increased dramatically serving some 8.5 million subscribers in 2005
international: country code - 98; HF radio and microwave radio relay to Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Syria, Kuwait, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan; submarine fiber-optic cable to UAE with access to Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) fiber-optic line runs from Azerbaijan through the northern portion of Iran to Turkmenistan with expansion to Georgia and Azerbaijan; satellite earth stations - 9 Intelsat and 4 Inmarsat (2006)
Radio broadcast stations:AM 72, FM 5, shortwave 5 (1998)
Radios:17 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations:28 (plus 450 repeaters) (1997)
Televisions:4.61 million (1997)
Internet country code:.ir
Internet hosts:5,242 (2006)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):100 (2002)
Internet users:7.5 million (2005)

Iran Quickstats

  • Population: 65,397,521 (July 2007 est.)
  • Area: 1.648 million sq km
  • Density: 42 /km² (158th)
  • GDP (total): $610 billion (2006)[¹]
  • GDP (per capita): $8,900 (2006)[¹]
  • Literacy: 77%

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  • Currency: Iranian rial (IRR)
  • Dial code: +98

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