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Number of operating mobiles in Iran to reach 40 million by 2010

Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA -- Iran's Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Seyed Ahmad Motamedi said in Tehran on Monday that the number of mobiles and fixed telephone lines are predicted to grow from the current 3.5 million and 16 million to 40 million and 33 million by the end of fourth development plan (2005-2010).

In a meeting with the South African Minister of Communication, Ivy Matsepe Cassaburri, he expressed satisfaction with the growing trend of cooperation and welcomed further collaboration in the sector.

"Given the basic structural changes underway and the ongoing development process in ICT Ministry, we shall use the expertise of other countries," he added.

He referred to 40,000 villages across the nation equipped with communication and telecommunication facilities and said that currently 70 percent of Iran's rural areas enjoy such services.

Turning to the growing number of internet users from the present 5.5 million to more than 30 million by the end of the upcoming fourth development plan, he said, "In view of Iran's particular regional position and the development plans underway, we look forward to proper grounds for cooperation with other countries."

For her part, Cassaburri called for expansion of cooperation among developing countries and declared the readiness of her country for participating in Iran's national projects.

She referred to the importance of commonalties between the two nations as the main reason for bolstering of cooperation and said that closer ties will be beneficial to both sides.

"We hope to broaden the scope of our cooperation in the field of telecommunication, similar to our economic deals," she added.

The South African minister announced his country's full support for participation of active national companies in foreign projects and said that this will strengthen its political ties with other states.

Cassaburri said that her country is prepared to transfer the expertise on revising the regulations applicable to telecommunication companies to Iran and invited her Iranian counterpart to visit South Africa to get an idea on its related potentials.

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