Russia’s largest internet search engine, Yandex, is to open offices in Iran.
The Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, made the announcement during a meeting with the Russian Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov, in Tehran on Sunday.
Russia’s “Telegram social network… currently has 13 to 14 million users in Iran and is active, without restrictions, parallel to the communication ministry’s policies,” he noted.
Vaezi also said that in the upcoming BRICS summit, to be held in New York in December, decisions will be made concerning monopoly over the internet; Iran will be involved in efforts to reduce the monopoly of managing the internet with Russia and other countries sympathetic to this cause, he said.
“Many countries believe that the internet [management] must not be exclusive, even many European countries support this cause as well,” he added.