13 March 2018
| James Pearce
The Telecommunications Company of Iran has struck two further agreements with local internet service providers which will see it share its network with the firms.
State-owned TCI will share its network infrastructure with
Mabna Telecom and AsiaTech in compliance with a Communications
Regulator Authority mandate that ordered it to open up
infrastructure last year.
The announcement follows similar agreements struck with
Shatel and HiWeb in early February which were struck under
CRA’s "Wholesale Bitstream Access" initiative.
According to ICTNA, director of the local telecom giant
Majid Sadri said: "In order to comply with the
ombudsman’s July directive, TCI has developed a
system for sharing its network with private entities."
Bitstream access enables telcos to install a high-speed
access link to customers’ premises and makes this
link available to third parties, enabling them to provide
high-speed services to its customers.
TCI has a monopoly in landline telecom infrastructure in
Iran, as it has laid fibre-optic cables in several areas in
Tehran and other major cities replacing copper cables. And
while public funds were used to build and modernise these
networks, TCI prevented private ISPs to sell services through
the newly laid fibre cables.