Capable of searching through one billion Persian websites, the Iranian search engine Yooz (Persian for Cheetah) will provide Iranian users with the opportunity to search through Persian websites in a faster and more secure fashion.
Project manager Mehdi Naghavi said that Iran ranks sixth in the world in using Google.
He noted, "Iranian users visit Google 25 million times a day, which makes countries such as Germany, France, Italy and China fall in tenth ranking onward.”
Naghavi further stated that launching a domestic search engine is expected to foil potential internet-related sanctions, introduce the Persian web to academia, and remove limitations placed on the users due to international sanctions.
The official explained that 9 foreign search engines had been thoroughly studied to design and launch the domestic search engine Yooz.
He said: 1 billion Persian websites have been covered in the first phase of the project, and in the 2nd phase coverage for Persian, Arabic and English websites will increase to 6 billion, and then the number will rise up to 24 billion websites in the 3rd phase of the project.