The Iranian Parliament authorized the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to increase the country’s bandwidth by 30 terabytes per second during the Sixth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2016-21).
Iranian lawmakers approved the bill with 123 votes in favour, 63 votes against and five abstentions in their open session on Saturday, February 14, according to a Farsi report by ICANA.
It is stipulated in the bill that the ministry can seek the cooperation of domestic private sector and use foreign funds to implement the project.
The bill came as Iran’s ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced the country’s bandwidth will be increased to 10,000 GB in one and a half months, according to Arya News Agency.
The bill approved by Iran’s Parliament also requires the ministry to develop electronic services infrastructure in the country’s rural and deprived areas and provide people in 80 percent of rural districts — with more than 20 households — with health, education, agriculture and banking electronic services.