Iran received a third mobile phone operator by the name of Ritel to offer users in the country with third-generation mobile services.
Prior to this, Iran played host to two mobile phone operators, Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI) and Irancell owned jointly by Iran and the South African MTN.
The government awarded a third license to Tamin Telecom in October 2009, however the operator is not yet operational. But now it has revealed plans to cover 60 percent of the population with its 2G network and 40 percent with its 3G network by 2014.
It is now clear whether the license awarded to Ritel is a new license or the one issued to Tamin Telecom. Details regarding Ritel's coverage area or the ownership structure are yet to be disclosed.