CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, January 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite formidable regulatory and legal hurdles, Iran's telecom market will grow to US$12.9 billion by 2014, a CAGR of 6.9 percent, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (

Iran: Strong Telecom Growth Expected, Despite Political Uncertainties offers a precise, incisive profile of the country's converged telecommunications, media, and technology sectors based on proprietary data from our research in the Iranian market. This 30-page report provides detailed competitive analysis of both the fixed and mobile sectors, tracks the market shares of technologies and services, and monitors the introduction and spread of new technologies, such as WiMax, IPTV, and VoIP. It provides a comprehensive view of the Iranian communications market by analyzing key trends, evaluating near-term opportunities, and assessing upcoming risks factors. Download an excerpt of this report here (

From a revenue point of view, Iran is one of the most attractive markets in the Middle East region given its size - by year-end 2009, it was the fourth-largest market in the region at US$9.2 billion and is expected to grow to US$12.9 billion by 2014 at a CAGR of 6.9 percent, notes Dearbhla McHenry, Senior Analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. However, regulatory and legal hurdles forbid foreigners from owning majority stakes in telecom companies, and with most of the fixed sector still under the monopoly of the government-owned incumbent, TCI, the Internet sector in particular is still only beginning to enter the growth phase, she adds.

The country's comparatively late introduction of competition means that the market is still in a rapid-growth phase, with the data segment in particular (both fixed and mobile) developing very fast in terms of number of users and amount of use, says McHenry. We expect data's share of total revenue to double over the next five years, reaching US$4.5 billion by 2014; important drivers of new growth in both segments will keep the split between fixed and mobile services steady over the forecast period, continues McHenry. On the mobile side, Pyramid expects the launch of a third operator to boost adoption and revenue, while on the fixed side, the launch of new WiMax operators will herald the beginning of Iran's broadband era.

Iran: Strong Telecom Growth Expected, Despite Political Uncertainties is part of Pyramid Research's Africa the Middle East Country Intelligence Report Series. Pyramid Research's premium Country Intelligence Reports are the industry's best available analysis on market trends, regulatory environments, and competitive dynamics for 60 countries worldwide. It can be purchased online here ( or through Amalia Vega via email at or telephone at +1-809-330-4520.

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