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Israeli Tech puts Iranian Startups in Bind

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Israeli tech puts Iranian ride-hailing startups in bind Iran’s recent decision to once again block Waze, a mobile navigation app developed in Israel, has created a great deal of controversy in the country. The […]

Inside the world of Social Media Advertising in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Fatemeh sits in the driver’s seat of the car with a PlayStation 4 on her lap. “Happy Birthday,” she shouts at her husband as he hops in the car. Mohamaad is ecstatic and asks […]

BBC Complains to UN on behalf of Persian Staff

The BBC has filed an urgent complaint to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on behalf of the staff of its BBC Persian service. The urgent complaint has also been sent to Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, […]

Iranian Sites Come Under Hacking Attacks

A number of Iranian websites came under a cyber-attack on Monday night, Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi confirmed. A group of hackers tried to target a number of Iranian sites last night in a defacement attack, Azari Jahromi said on Tuesday. He added that the attacks were foiled by […]

“Iran’s Facebook” Shuts Down

By John Lee. Iran’s oldest social media network is to close following years of conflict with censors. According to a report from AFP, company director Mohammad Javad Shakouri Moghadam said Cloob.com was entirely blocked three times and the last time it took 28 days to unblock it; he said the actions allowed foreign sites such […]

Korean Firm to Sell Navigational Aid Systems in Iran

By John Lee. Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) has reportedly signed an agency contract with Iran’s Tolid Malzomat Bargh (TMB) to have the company sell its navigational aid systems in Iran. According to Yonhap, TMB will sell its instrument landing system (ILS) and portable ILS/VOR Field Test Set (FTS), also known as a signal analyzer. (Source: […]

Iran to Block Israeli App?

By John Lee. Iran is reportedly prepared to block the traffic and navigation app Waze because it was created in Israel. According to Mobile World Live, the app was briefly blocked in the country in March, because it “raised concerns”, but the ban was soon revoked. Now the secretary of the ‎Committee for Determining Criminal […]

Iran, Turkey sign 4 Cooperation Pacts

Iran and Turkey have signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to deepen relations between the two countries: between the Iranian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance and the Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade; between the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the Turkish Central Bank; between the National Library of Iran and the Turkish […]

Iran, South Africa Agree to Boost ICT Cooperation

Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi and his South African counterpart agreed to promote cooperation between the two countries in the area of information communication technology (ICT). In a meeting held on the sidelines of ITU Telecom World 2017, taking place in Busan, South Korea, Azari Jahromi and Azwihangwisi Faith […]

Iran files Lawsuit against Telegram founder

By Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Telegram messaging application is the most popular mobile software in Iran, but it has always been on the verge of being blocked for various reasons. Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran’s prosecutor general, has announced that the Iranian […]

Two Journalists Imprisoned since August: IFJ

From the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Two Iranian journalists have been imprisoned since August on charges of “acting against national security”. The IFJ joined its affiliate the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ) in condemning their […]

Apple Removes all Iranian Apps from App Store

Apple Inc. has removed all Iranian apps from its App Store, a move the technology giant attributed to US economic sanctions, reports said. Popular apps for food delivery, ride-hailing and other services in Iran have been removed in recent weeks. Citing Iranian media, the Associated Press said the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant had removed all […]

Twitter to be Unblocked in Iran?

By John Lee. According to a report from The Associated Press, Iran’s new telecommunications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi (pictured), says Twitter has “officially announced readiness to talk with Iran for resolving the problems,” potentially leading the way to the unblocking of the service. Iran blocked Twitter, Facebook and YouTube following protests and violence over the […]

Iran “Freezes Assets of BBC Persian Staff”

The BBC has said that Iranian authorities have frozen the assets of BBC Persian staff in Iran. BBC World Service Director Francesca Unsworth said the order was preventing staff from selling or buying property, cars and other goods. The service, which broadcasts on TV, on radio and online, is banned in Iran. More from BBC […]

MTN’s IIG Expands 40-fold

By John Lee. South African telco MTN has given an update on its operations in Iran. In its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2016, the company said its MTN Irancell benefited from the country’s youthful demographics and higher smartphone penetration. Irancell is 51-percent owned by the state-owned Iran Electronic Industries. Iran Internet […]

Firm Fined $12m for “Apparent Violations” of Sanctions

CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. (“TransTel”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the international technology group CSE Global Limited, both of which are located in Singapore, has agreed to pay $12,027,066 to settle its potential civil liability for 104 apparent violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part […]

Nokia to Build the 5G network in Iran

By John Lee. Nokia and the Mobile Communications Company of Iran (MCI) have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which the company will build a framework for future implementation of 5G technology. (Source: Nokiamob)

NSA behind Ransomware Cyber Attack: Iranian Official

Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said the US National Security Agency (NSA) is behind a massive wave of cyber attacks in 99 countries that seize control of computers until the victims pay a ransom. In remarks released on Sunday, Brigadier General Jalali pointed to the massive cyber attack and […]

MTN makes $295m Investment in Iran’s Telecoms Market

MTN has reached an agreement with Iran whereby the South African telecommunications company would invest more than $295 million in the Islamic Republic’s Net, a report said. “This investment, should it be completed, represents an opportunity to capitalize on the continued strong growth expected in the Iranian broadband market, with an initial focus on eight […]