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Iran to Start First Phase of Domestic Internet by May, Fars Says

April 01, 2012

Iran will introduce the first phase of its domestic Internet network by May 21, the state-run Fars news agency reported, citing Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taghipour.

Taghipour said the launch of the network was a priority of his ministry in the new Iranian year that started on March 20. A local data center, search engine and domestic e-mail service are being completed, Fars cited him as saying, without elaborating on the projects.

Iranian officials had earlier announced plans to set up a national Internet search engine by 2012, which they said will be more suited to the needs of Iranians as it will produce a smaller list of results than others such as Yahoo and Google.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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