The government of Iran says it plans to push ahead with the rollout of 5G mobile technology in the face of economic and trade sanctions imposed by the US. According to a report from Mehr News Agency, ICT Minister Seyyed Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi wrote on Twitter: ‘Despite sanctions, we plan to establish the fifth-generation of telecoms networks. We have held good meetings on the launch of the 5G network. It would be a great step forward for the country.’ He did note, however, that the sanctions could impact the speed of network deployments.
Earlier this year Hossein Fallah Joshaqani, the director of Iran’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), said that preparations for 5G deployment were ‘high on the agenda’ for 2019, with preliminary work already underway to allocate bandwidth and update regulations for 5G mobile services.
The Iranian government has an interest in the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, Mobile Communications Company of Iran (MCI), via fixed line incumbent Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI). The market is also home to two other national operators – MTN Irancell and Rightel – plus regional cellco Taliya Mobile.