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HRW slams Iran’s Telegram Ban

From Human Rights Watch. The Iranian judiciary’s blocking of the messaging application Telegram is an unjustifiable restriction on freedom of expression and access to information, Human Rights Watch has said. With more than 40 million users, Telegram had become the main social media platform for Iranians. On April 30, 2018, Mizan Online News Agency, the […]

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 […]

MTN reviewing further Investment Opportunities in Iran

By John Lee. South African telecom giant MTN Group has said the repatriation of monies from MTN Irancell is “expected to be normalised“. The company said that, following the easing of sanctions, it expects growth in the Iranian economy, and sees significant opportunities to expand its services, particularly in the digital space. In its full-year results […]

MTN Irancell Invests in IIG

The Iran Internet Group (IIG), the leading internet group in Iran with several million unique and paid transactions every month, just announced the closing of a funding round led by MTN Irancell. The group, whose ventures include the by far market-leading car hailing platform Snapp, has secured the funding in a move that will further […]

MTN Invests in “Iran’s Uber”

By John Lee. South African mobile phone company MTN Group has agreed to invest $22 million in Snapp.ir, Iran’s first cab-hailing smartphone app. Snapp CEO Shahram Shahkar informed Bloomberg that the funds would be used to allow the company to expand quickly from Tehran into other cities. He said it has grown to about 500,000 subscribers […]