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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 […]

Iran Still Ranking Poorly for Press Freedom

By John Lee. Iran has risen four places in the World Press Freedom Index for 2017, but is still ranked just 165th out of 180 countries. The result puts Iran ahead of such countries as Saudi Arabia and Yemen, but behind Iraq and Libya. First place went to Norway, with North Korea coming last. Reporters […]

Rouhani Govt Criticizes IRGC Arrests of Journalists

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Members of President Hassan Rouhani’s Cabinet have publicly criticized the recent arrests of Reformist journalists and online activists on the threshold of a presidential election. “From the beginning, the administration has been opposed to […]

Portugese Telecom Firm Enters Iran

Potugal-based Altice Labs has announced that it will provide GPON technology to equip apartment buildings in Tehran. In the first phase, a supply of a set of active station equipment (OLT) is planned, namely: 15 OLT1T0, 3 OLT1T3 and 3000 ONTs (terminal equipment) that will allow the interconnection of IP video gateways, including the possibility […]