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Interview with SAF sponsors: ParsOnline

Source: Science and Arts Foundation (,

 ParsOnline is one of the most important and valued sponsors of SAF. Most of the schools and educational centers within the SchoolNet network have access to the internet via the Pars Online Network.

Mr.Abdollah Fateh is the managing director of ParsOnline and a member of the SAF board. This is an interview with him:

SAF: What is the mission of ParsOnline?
Abdellah Fateh: "Pars Online was established 8 years ago in 1999; at that time, we provided our customers with email and dial up services. From the beginning, our aim was to create a National Telecommunication Network. Our focus from the start was to build infrastructures and not get involved with content.

Fortunately the ITC's (Iran Telecommunication Company) policy of outsourcing data communication to non-governmental companies helped us on our way. Pars Online currently has the following licenses from ITC:

1. ISP (Dial Up Services)
2. ISDP (Dedicated bandwidth distribution)
3. VoIP (Voice over IP services such as long distance calling cards)
4. PAP (DSL Services)
5. WiMAX (Wireless Broadband Services)
6. SAP (Satellite Communication Services)
7. IDC (Internet Data Center)

After building the network, we realised the need for a National Data Center in order to keep local traffic within Iran and not have to send all of our customers? Internet requests abroad. Our Data Center is located in Pardis Technology Park near Boom-e-Hen, northwest of Tehran. We currently have over 1,600 square meters of floor space available for hosting and collocation services.

We believe that with this final license we can position ourselves as a national data communication provider and provide any infrastructure requirement that our customers in Iran might have.

SAF: In how many cities can individuals or companies make use of your services?
Abdellah Fateh: "We provide services for home users, companies and institutes in 34 cities in 21 provinces in Iran. We currently have over 100,000 ports installed in the network in more than 200 telephone exchanges across the country.

SAF: When and how did you start your collaboration with SAF?
Abdellah Fateh: "The first time we gave internet connection to SAF was on 4th of September 2001 (6 years ago). I had been introduced to Dr.Tabesh and Prof. Edalat and through them we came to know SAF, its activities and projects. Ever since then, we have worked closely with SAF and have been eager to cooperate with it. Our first DSL connection to SAF was 3 years ago."

SAF: Could you please explain your role as one of the main sponsors of SAF?
Abdellah Fateh: "We believe in the SAF mission and believe that several groups coming together to accomplish a goal as a team will be more effective than each individual group trying to go their own way."

SAF: What have you done in educational field?
Abdellah Fateh: "One of our long term objectives is to build and start a Pars Online Academy, which will be focused on teaching IT related topics on a mostly e-learning platform. We hope to be able to differentiate our e-learning platform by ensuring that our students do spend at least a few hours a week in a classroom environment and not complete their whole curriculum behind a computer.?

SAF: What services can ParsOnline offer schools? Do you have any special plans that could affect student knowledge and help their learning process?
Abdellah Fateh: "As I mentioned from at the beginning, we are focused on building infrastructures and therefore do not have the ability to offer any sort of content or applications for the educational system. Our services can be based on either providing connectivity or hosting services in our data center.?

SAF: Do you have cooperation with any other charitable institutions? Could you name some of them?
Abdellah Fateh: "Yes, we do. We support the Mahak Hospital for children with cancer, Kanoon Koodak, which is a foundation that helps pupils who cannot pay for their education and several other charities focusing on special diseases."

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