Apr 12 2012
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Iran reaches 100 percent telecommunications penetration: BMI
"Iran's mobile market, by far the largest segment of the country's telecoms industry, exhibited considerably slower growth in 2011 compared with previous years, which reflects the market's maturity, with the penetration rate just shy of 100 percent at the end of the year", said BMI in its new Iran Telecommunications Report.
Research and Markets said that the growth and market's maturity led Business Monitor International (BMI) to revise down forecasts last quarter, which it holds in the Q212 update on Iran's telecommunications market.
The report noted that Iran's mobile market would slow inevitably, as major cities approach saturation and growth prospects are more limited to rural areas that are harder to reach and offer more limited revenue.
Nevertheless, it should be remembered that the bulk of mobile subscriptions in Iran are made up of prepaid users. Many of these are understood to be inactive and this means actual penetration rates are almost certainly much lower than the forecast suggests, hence BMI's forecasts for continued growth.
Last year, BMI through its Iran Telecommunications Report revealed that at the end of 2010, there were a total of 67.5 million subscribers in Iran, equivalent to a penetration rate of 91 percent.
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