Great News, the population and Internet users for the Middle East region have been updated at Internet World Stats.
Iranian government is making moves to make the Internet more accessible, recently lifting a restriction which capped home internet speeds at 128kbps while also awarding 3G licences to Iran’s two dominant cellular operators, MCI and MTN Irancell. Nevertheless, the country is pushing ahead with its national intranet project which aims to create a closed network of approved websites.
Iran’s Center for Research and Strategic Studies has found that more than two-thirds of the country’s young people regularly use the internet. Their survey found that of the 67.4% of Iranian young people who use the internet, 19.1% use the net for chatting, 15.3% for the social media, 15.2% for games and fun-surfing, and 10.4% use the World Wide Web for scientific researches. Survey respondents were aged between 15 and 29.
For Iran Telecoms, Mobile Broadband and Forecasts, read the report summary.
The number of GPRS users amounts to 27.5 million, accounting for 36 percent of total Internet users in Iran. Some 867,000 people are using high-speed Internet, and about 6 million people are using Internet via optical fiber network.
Iran has been developing the “national Internet” since 2005 to improve control over its content as well as its speed. The project, which is separate from the World Wide Web, is scheduled to be completed by 2013. This network will be separated from the rest of the world Internet and is specifically for domestic use.
Internet World Stats has updated the Middle East Stats for June 2012. This is a general update and the population for this world region is estimated at 223,608,203 persons for mid-year 2012. The Internet users are estimated at 90,000,455 persons and a penetration rate of 40.2%. Facebook subscribers also show growth and now stand at 22,793,140 persons for September 30, 2012. To see the details for each of the 15 countries and regions, please visit the Middle East Stats.