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TCI extends wholesale fibre access to two more ISPs

12 Mar 2018

Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) has signed separate wholesale network agreements with privately-owned ISPs, Mabna Telecom and AsiaTech, allowing its rivals to use its fibre infrastructure to deliver their own services to end users. The latest infrastructure sharing agreements follow similar contracts signed with Shatel and HiWEB in February this year – the first time state-backed TCI opened up its fibre networks to competitors.

Incumbent fixed line operator TCI was ordered by the government to share its fibre infrastructure in July 2017, when the Communications Regulatory Authority of Iran issued a mandate called ‘Wholesale Bitstream Access’ obliging TCI to share its infrastructure with private companies. At the time, telecoms minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi confirmed that a network rolled out using public funds should be available to all providers, not just TCI. The state-owned firm is deploying a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network which will pass some 580,000 households in the first phase of its rollout.

A number of other Iranian ISPs such as Pars Online, Saba Net, Psihgaman, Helma Gostar and Afra Net are expected to come forward to seek similar deals.

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