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Telecommunication Company of Iran

Company nameTelecommunication Company of Iran
Company typePublic
IndustryTelecommunication
Founded1971
HeadquartersTehran, Iran
ProductsTelecommunications

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Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) was established in 1971 with a new organizational structure as the main responsible administration for the entire telecommunication affairs, and Iran Telecommunication Industries (ITI) was also founded in the same year to manufacture the required equipment for the national long-distance network. TCI has monopoly over Iran's fixed line infrastructure, and until 2010, Iran's largest cellular operator (MCI), and Iran's major Internet service provider and data communication operator (DCI). As of November 2010, MCI accounts for more than 70% of TCI’s profit.

TCI has taken great steps in the development of telecommunication networks and, for this purpose, as the main responsible organization in Iran, has utilized the most advanced equipment and services such as digital switching centers, optical fiber cables, mobile phones, data networks, satellite services, and telephone special services during the recent years, and has also succeeded to manufacture more than 80 percent of the required equipment inside Iran including cell phones.

In parallel with these achievements, TCI has carried out activities to export technical and engineering services, and has put its experiences at the disposal of other countries within the framework of consulting and contracting agreements.

TCI is also responsible for censoring most of the internet in Iran, as it serves as a bottleneck through which the government can censor whatever it pleases.


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