Iran launches first phase of national intranet

30 Aug 2016

The Iranian government has formally launched the first phase of its National Information Network (NIN), which it says allows improved high speed access to e-government services and domestic content, though the move has been criticised by some international organisations for its potential to tighten the state’s control of internet use in the country.

The NIN project was meant to be fully online by last year but the completion date has now been pushed back to March 2017. Phase one of the scheme, launched at the weekend, provides access to e-government services and domestic websites, while the second phase, due in February 2017, will add domestic video content, and the third phase – expected to be implemented a month later – will introduce further services and provide support for companies involved in international trade, the BBC reports. For several years most private users in Iran had their broadband speeds limited to a maximum 128kbps, but this restriction was lifted in September 2014.

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