Base on the new report by Iran Statistical Center the number of local Internet users is only 15 million people in Iran, but Ministry of Information and Communications Technology announced there are more than 34 million Internet users in Iran.
Also a few days ago Mahdi Ghazanfari, the Iranian minister of Industries and Mines, boasted the number of Internet users in Iran and said more than 47.5% of Internet clients in the Middle East region are Iranians. However this is not the first time that the Ministry announces fake number of Internet users.
“Ministry of Information and Communications Technology use its own formula to calculate the number of Internet users but Iran Statistical Center uses the standard and normal way.” A expert in this field said.
Ministry calculates the number of clients base on the used bandwidth. But Iran Statistical Center initiates direct surveys.
Internetworldstats.com, the main source of Internet clients, receives its data from Iranian government.