Vahid Sadoughi, the CEO of Hamrah-e-Avval mobile network, said on Saturday that MCI market share now stands at 69%. Accordingly, Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI) is running the most popular mobile network in Islamic Republic of Iran. Base on official statistics, mobile penetration rate in Iran is about 110% as of 2012, which is estimated to be increased by additional %10 in this year.
“At this time, we have managed to capture a large amount of market share in country. The penetration rate of Hamrah-e-Avval in Iran is 71%. However 2% of clients don’t use their simcards actively. MCI now offers more than 600 types of SMS services. We have received positive feedbacks from our clients in this regard. More services will be launched in coming months to satisfy the customers and increase the retention rate.” Vahid Sadoughi told MCI’s board members.
Sadoughi went on to say that the corporation has allocated $450 million to renovate its facilities and infrastructures in 31 provinces of Iran. “By completing this project, we will be able to offer better qualities to our users as well as cutting operations’ costs. Currently, Hamrah-e-Avval covers 1169 cities and 70,000 kilometers of roads in Iran.”
Hamrah-e-Avval is Iran’s first and largest mobile phone network operator, which is a subsidiary of the Telecommunication Company of Iran. It provides roaming services via 256 partner operators in 109 countries. According to Sadoughi, the company has paid some $800 million of its revenues to Iranian government over the past Persian year.