Iran will introduce the first phase of its domestic
Internet network by May 21, the state-run Fars news agency reported, citing
Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taghipour.
Taghipour said the launch of the network was a priority
of his ministry in the new Iranian year that started on March 20.
A local data
centre, search engine and domestic e-mail service are being completed, Fars
cited him as saying, without elaborating on the projects.
The project, which has earlier been referred to as the 'halal' internet, which unlike other search engines such as Google and Yahoo! filters out content deemed inappropriate to Islamic sensibilities.
Iranian officials had earlier announced plans to set
up a national Internet search engine by 2012.