The new mobile operator in Iran, Rightel, doesn’t have customers according to analysts. Rightel is the first mobile operator which introduced 3G services in Iran for the first time. SIM card sellers say there is not any major demand for the services of Rightel.
“We don’t expect and anticipate any demand for the services of Rightel in the coming months because Rightel doesn’t offer appropriate coverage in compare to Irancell and Hamrahe Avval. Rightel SIM cards come in two types which sell for 1,260,000 Rials and 210,000 Rials.” said Mahmoud Mohebbi, a seller in Tehran.
“SIM cards of Rightel are currently disabled and base on the announcements they will be activated in the next week. This is one of the main drawbacks of Rightel. Despite the television advertisements, people don’t have notable demand for the services of Rightel.” Mahmoud Mohebbi added.
Another activist in Iran’s mobile market believes Iranians don’t have enough trust on Rightel. “Tariffs of Rightel are too high for ordinary people so most of them prefer to buy cheaper SIM cards and services offered by other operators in the current economic conditions. Poor coverage of Rightel also aggravates the situation in its market.”
According to reports, the total number of mobile subscribers in Iran is estimated more than 50 million.