Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi Criticizes Iran’s Telecommunication Infrastructure Company for its Pricing Model
Currently, Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) is responsible for providing Internet bandwidth to local clients in Iran. Telecommunication Infrastructure Company, which belongs to TCI, purchases the necessary Internet bandwidth from international networks and distributes it between local ISPs.
Secretary of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi said on Saturday that Telecommunication Infrastructure Company needs to change its pricing model in order to reduce the prices of Internet services for end users. Accordingly, Telecommunication Infrastructure Company is charging local ISPs much more than what it should do, and this has increased the prices of Internet services for Iranians.
“Unfortunately, there is only one organization in Iran which is allowed to provide the necessary Internet bandwidth to local ISPs. There is not any competition in this field, and Telecommunication Infrastructure Company is a governmental organization. This type of pricing model is no longer acceptable, and I urge the officials of IT Ministry to revise the current guidelines in this regard.” Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi remarked during an interview with local media.
Akhavan believes that current pricing model has made many problems for ISPs and end users. “On the other hand, many people cannot afford to buy quality Internet services. In compare to other countries in the Middle East, Iranians are paying much more money for their low quality Internet services.”
During the recent years, analysts and experts have repeatedly asked Iranian government to let private-held corporations provide the necessary Internet bandwidth to local ISPs. By 2013, Iran has more than 45 million Internet users across the country.