Figures by the CRA published in the ISNA news agency on Monday showed that the number of active SIM cards in Iran had reached 121,092,232 by June 20.
That was a 2.07 percent increase compared to the quarter to late March 2020 and a substantial surge against figures reported early last year.
Other reports have suggested that the total number of SIM cards assigned in Iran is reaching 200 million with a majority of them of the prepaid type and issued by the country’s second largest mobile operator MTN Irancell.
Iran, a country of nearly 85 million, has a saturated mobile market where many people, including those living in rural and underdeveloped regions, currently covered by the third and fourth generation of mobile services.
CRA figures showed MTN’s market share had decreased to nearly 43 percent while largest mobile operator MCI had increased its share to nearly 54 percent. Two small regional operators, namely Rightel and TKC, were confined to fewer than 4 percent of the market share, showed charts provided by the regulator.