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Iranian Officials Ask Google to Store a Copy of Information in Iran

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Mohammad Ali Arianian, the managing director of Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran, says Google and Yahoo should store a copy of their information in Iranian datacenters to facilitate data exchanges with Iran-based clients.

The Iranian government is reportedly preparing to launch an Intranet-like network in the country. Accordingly local users can only access to data stored in Iranian datacenters by using this network.

“As many Iranians are using the services offered by Google and Yahoo, these companies should store a copy of their information in Iran. We are interested in negotiating with managers of the mentioned companies over the cooperation in this field,” Mohammad Ali Arianian told local media on Monday.

It is worth mentioning that Gmail is currently the most popular email service provider in Iran. Although the Iranian government and private companies launched a number of websites to offer free email services, many people are still using the services of Gmail and Yahoo.

“At this time, Google is partnering with the governments and datacenters of Turkey following the same model. We are ready to duplicate the cooperation by providing quality datacenters inside Iran.” Arianian added.

The Communications and Technology Ministry of Iran announced on May that there are more than 40 million Internet clients in Iran.

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