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Telecommunication Company of Iran to Provide VPN Services to Individual Clients

VPN Services in Iran

Last year, Iran’s IT Ministry in cooperation with Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) started a national project for providing certified VPN services to local organizations and companies in country. Earlier, Iranians used to bypass Internet filtering system in country by utilizing illegal VPN services. The judiciary service of Islamic Republic has already threatened to sue users violating these rules.

Mehdi Akhavan-Behabadi, Secretary of Iran’s High Council of Cyberspace, said on Saturday that TCI is working on a new project in order to deliver the same certified services to individual clients in Iran. However, he has warned that clients should not use this kind of services for bypassing Internet restrictions in Iran.

“Last year, we decided to provide VPN services to governmental and private organizations which are looking to establish encrypted and safe connections in their networks. Originally, this service was only utilized by clients to bypass Internet filtering. But the real usage of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) is far more different from its former usage in Iran.” Akhavan-Behabadi remarked during an interview with local media on Saturday.

“Now, we have started providing these services to organizations and companies in Iran. The similar plan is underway for individual clients in country. Base on feedbacks we received from different types of clients in Iran, some users are in need of this service. We have urged TCI to improve its capacities and infrastructures in order to support individual clients too.” Mehdi Akhavan-Behabadi added.

Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) is a governmental institution in Iran and controls high-tech markets of the country. TCI is indirectly owned by Islamic Revolutions Guardians Corpse (IRGC).

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