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EghtesadOnline: Bijan Abbasi Arand was appointed CEO of major mobile operator MTN-Irancell on Wednesday, replacing Alireza Ghalambor Dezfouli.

Arand is a former director of Shiraz Electronic Industries Organization in Fars Province and a university teacher in telecommunication studies, the operator's website reported. 

Irancell is among leading players in Iran’s thriving telecom industry and a local partner of South African cellular service provider MTN.

Dezfouli headed the company for 14 years since its inception in 2005, according to Financial Tribune.

Irancell was the first operator to develop the advanced generation of GSM system (Global System for Mobile communications) to enable subscribers to use 2.5G and 2.75G mobile Internet services.

In addition, fixed wireless TDD-LTE and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) Internet services were first rolled out in Iran by the company.

Later in 2014, the company launched the first 4G LTE network in several cities.

Irancell was also the first mobile operator to carry out 5G tests in Iran in September 2017.

The mobile operator has 33.2 million active users.

In a statement, the South African telecommunication group MTN thanked Dezfouli for his services and congratulated Abbasi on his appointment.


Ceo Iran MTN-Irancell mobile operator Bijan Abbasi Arand Alireza Ghalambor Dezfouli