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Iran, Japan to expand telecommunications cooperation

Tehran, July 12, IRNA -- Officials from Telecommunications Company of Iran and Japan's NEC in a meeting here Monday examined the perspective of telecommunication in Iran and prospects of cooperation in the field.

The public relations department of TCI in a telefax dispatched to IRNA said that in the meeting, TCI Managing Director Ali-Akbar Sanati and NEC senior consultant and deputy managing director Mr. Shinohara discussed expansion of mutual ties.

In the meeting, Sanati referred to the nationwide growing demand for cellphone and said that a major project aiming to boost the capacity of the telecommunications network to 12 million lines is currently underway.

"The project is expected to become operational in the current Iranian year (started March 20). The first phase of the project will make two million telephones available," he added.

Turning to the selection of a second operator, he noted that according to the related contract, its operations are shortly expected to get underway.

Sanati further referred to the projects currently underway on fixed telephones, data and the infrastructural network and said that TCI is set to expand the national telecommunications network to meet the global standards.

Expressing satisfaction with the joint performance of the two companies, he noted that reputable domestic and international enterprises will be called in to participate in major telecommunications projects.

For his part, Shinohara referred to the significance of Iran's status in the region and underlined that all regional states have turned their attention towards Iran, given its decisive role in the regional developments.

Turning to the ongoing International Telecommunications Conference, he said that the gathering can be regarded as a significant event paving the way for more proper future decisions in the field.

The Japanese consultant called for further cooperation with Iran in the domain of telecommunications.

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