Tehran, May 17, Taliya News - ICT Ministry's Legal Affairs Deputy pointing out that there are 68,000 villages in Iran, said on Tuesday currently some 53,000 of them have phone lines.
Samad Mo'men-Bellah added in an interview with ILNA, "Stationary phone lines are delivered upon request in most parts of the country and during the current year the ICT Ministry's main focus of attention would be rural development, with initial objective of providing telecom services for entire villages."
He said that providing the required budget for offering telecom services to villagers is an issue worth deeper studies. He noted, "In some villages we already have the possibility of delivering stationary phone lines for homes, but the villagers do not feel the need to buy lines!"
Announcing that the initial charge for connection of rural phone lines is 600,000 rials (over US $60), he said, "There are villages atop tough mountainous roads, or in remote parts of vast deserts, providing telecom connections to which is truly difficult and time taking."
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