The Islamic Republic of Iran has declared it will set the first phase of its domestic Internet network by 21 May. The launch of the network is a priority of his ministry in the new Iranian year that started on 20 March saying by Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taghipour. That works far disclosed on a local centre, domestic email service and search engine are underway but did not give more details.

The project, named as the “Halal” Internet, filter out deemed inappropriate un-Islamic content. Iranian officials insist the project would be “aimed at Muslims on a ethical and moral level”. 

“Iran will soon create an internet that conforms to Islamic principles, ” Ali Aghamohammadi, deputy vice president for economic affairs said while adding the move will improve its communication and trade links with the world.

“The proliferation of the Farsi language is also a goal,” said Aghamohammadi, who also revealed that the proposed network would eventually replace the web in Muslim countries. He told IRNA: “The aim of this network is to increase Iran and the Farsi language’s presence in what has become the most important source of international communication.”

The population of Iran is more than 36,500,000 Internet users and 77,891,220 souls with a 46.9% penetration, as per IWS. Famous social media sites, Twitter, Facebook and video site Youtube are banned in Iran.

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