MTN Irancell

Irancell MTN logo

Country

Company Name

Irancell Telecommunications Services Company

Ownership Type

Joint Venture
State/Government Owned

Ownership/Controlling Entity

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

MTN Irancell (ایرانسل) is the second largest mobile carrier operating in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The company is a joint venture operated by MTN Group who hold a 49% ownership stake, the remainder owned by state-owned Iran Electronics Industries. The MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The company has operated 2G GSM services over 900 and 1800 MHz since 2006, and 3G UMTS (DC-HSPA+) services over B1 (2100 MHz) and B8 (900 MHz) since 2014. Just months later in November 2014 the company also launched 4G LTE services initially over B3 (1800 MHz), later activating a second B7 (2600 MHz) carrier, and providing fixed wireless TDD-LTE over B42 (3500 MHz) with two 20 MHz channels. In January 2017 Irancell activated its LTE-A network which through carrier aggregation and other "4.5G" technologies demonstrated peak downlink data rates exceeding 1.2 Gbps. LTE-A Pro with 256QAM modulation has been implemented in major population centres.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

UMTS B1 (2100 MHz)
Band Status Active
Packet Data
UMTS B8 (900 MHz)
Band Status Active
Packet Data
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active

News & Developments

According to Irancell Public Relations, a complete (end to end) network  consisting of 5G radio and core network has been tested for the first time in Iran, on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 at the course of the 5G Economic Opportunities Forum attended by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, MTN Irancell Managing Director, Iran Ericsson CEO, Swedish Ambassador to Tehran, and

MTN Irancell, Iran’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has commercially launched its 4.5G LTE-Advanced services.

MTN Irancell has launched its first time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE) services, with coverage in 25 provinces and major cities such as Mashhad, Qazvin, Qom, Zahedan, Kerman, Arak, Ardabil and Urmia, reports TeleGeography on August 5, 2016, citing Techrasa.