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ICT Ministry Supporting Coronavirus Response in Iran

2020-05-18 10:01:44
Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has highlighted his organization’s contributory role in handling the novel coronavirus epidemic by providing Internet-based services and boosting digital economy infrastructures in the country.

In a Sunday meeting of ICT Ministry officials, attended by First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, Azari Jahromi said his ministry has stepped up efforts after the outbreak of COVID-19 to help the Iranian people and businesses to overcome the challenges. 
 
The ICT Ministry has done a great job in assisting the nationwide screening scheme to detect the coronavirus cases with the help of information technology, he noted. 
 
He also pointed to the ICT Ministry’s success in handling the Internet traffic and ensure a steady flow of data following the coronavirus outbreak, saying the daily mobile data traffic rose from 16.52 petabytes in February to 23.24 petabytes in April.  
 
The minister further highlighted the decent and steady postal services amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying the number of mail pieces delivered in the first month of the current Iranian year (March 20 – April 19) has risen by 13 times compared to the corresponding period a year before.  
 
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, utilization of the telecommunications network in Iran doubled in size and the domestic ICT companies’ income increased by 40 percent, Azari Jahromi stated. 
 
Thanks to the advances made following the coronavirus outbreak, the ICT Ministry could accomplish the objectives that were expected to be met in June 2021, meaning a 15-month jump in this sector, he explained.

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