Iran to Launch Domestic Search Engine

Tehran: Iran plans to launch its first home-made search engine which supports the Persian language intelligently, an Iranian IT official announced on 21 July. "Despite the foreign search engine's support for the Persian language, we want to launch domestic search engines which support the Persian language intelligently and present a more applicable understanding of the Iranian users' demand and intention," Deputy Head of Iran's Information Technology (IT) Organization Ali Asqar Ansari told FNA.

"Operators which will be called 'Fajr' will receive operation license for presenting search engines in Iran," Ansari explained.

Iran had also earlier said that it has plans to establish a "national information network" billed as a system that would function like a sort of intranet for the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour said in April 2011 that the plan would be fully implemented by March 2013.

He said that the country's own internet network will solve problems with costs, security and bandwidth.

When the network becomes operational in a few weeks, internet use will no longer need an international bandwidth for domestic connections and bandwidth expenses will drop up to 30 percent, Taqipour said. With domestic communications routed through the "national information network" the international bandwidth will be freed for international communications, Taqipour said. The network's purpose is to provide Iranian citizens with the safe environment to use the internet and to protect Iran from cyber-attacks. Protecting privacy and preventing cyber-attacks are concerns of all the countries in the world, the information minister said.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2012 on page no. 17

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