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Iran's first fibre-optic telephone network has been built into a "secondary generation network"

2017-12-05

According to foreign media July 17 reported that Iranian Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaeze on 16th in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the first fiber-optic telephone network to be inaugurated. To show that the new network has been widely promoted nationwide, Vaeze has telephoned regional officials such as Bushehr, Yourzine and Tehran at the ceremony to expand the fiber-optic network.

Iran's existing copper wire network will soon be replaced by a fiber-optic network, with 50,000 of users using the new network in the first phase of the optical installation. However, the need to meet the needs of more than 13 million people and the complexity of the transformation process have prevented this work from being achieved overnight. The first phase of the work is expected to be completed in March of the Iranian calendar at the end of this year. The Ministry of Communications plans to promote the private sector in the next budget year, which begins in March 2018, to increase users to 100,000.

But it is uncertain whether they will be able to achieve this goal, as it requires many households and businesses to be forced to reconfigure their telephone connection points. The launch of the network is the first time that Iran has moved to the "Secondary Generation Network" (NGN), which is the main body of communication core and network key architecture changes. The idea of NGN is similar to that used in the Internet to compress all information and services including voice, data, and various media, such as video, into IP packets.

NGNs is usually built around Internet protocols, so the term "full IP" is sometimes used to describe the transition from a telephony-centric network to a NGN. TCL and Nokia teamed up to help Iran expand its fibre-optic network to provide fibre-optic services (FTTH). Meanwhile, on May 9, MTN, the largest telecoms operator in South Africa, announced that it would invest $300 million in fixed broadband suppliers to the Iranian network for the first time and lend the company $450 million. After months of discussion, MTN chief executive Rob Shuter and Egyptian Communications Minister Vaeze signed an agreement in Tehran on MTN's entry into the Iranian fixed-line internet market, a long-awaited investment that would give MTN a 49% stake.

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