In terms of area, Iran is almost 21 times larger than Austria. Almost half of the 83 million inhabitants are under 30 years of age. Around 11.8 million people either have an academic title or are currently studying. Iran ranks fifth in the latest World Economic Forum statistics from countries with the most STEM graduates and has an impressive 70% participation rate among women.
With around 75 million internet subscribers, Iran is among the top 20 countries with the highest number of Internet users worldwide and has a broadband Internet penetration rate of 90.7%. Much of the expanded network, around 87%, consists of 3G and 4G networks and around 80% of the Internet subscribers get their Internet from mobile sources.
The country thus has access to an optimal infrastructure for the use of various smart city concepts, which serve to use and manage the available resources more efficiently.
In the capital Tehran alone, a metropolis with 15 million inhabitants, there is an enormous potential for implementation of various smart city projects, such as smart parking, smart metering or smart transport, which is also available outside the capital.
Despite the existing infrastructure, there is still a major lack of such concepts, which means that the country offers interesting prospects to Austrian start-ups, digitization companies and other companies despite the current major political and economic challenges. Iran is hence particularly interesting for the implementation of use cases.
The event is part of the internationalization offensive go-international, a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.