Iran to roll out 'halal' internet by May

Officials plan to set up a national search engine to replace likes of Google

A local data centre, search engine and domestic e-mail service are being completed. (Getty Images)

A local data centre, search engine and domestic e-mail service are being completed. (Getty Images)

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.

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