“Isa Zarepour”, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, announced that users will soon be able to make video calls through mobile phones without the need to install software. According to Zarepour, this feature, which was previously activated for a short time by “Rightel”, will not cost much for the user.
At noon today, “Isa Zarepour”, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, announced on the sidelines of the meeting of the government board about the launch of video calls on mobile phones. According to him, this feature will be applicable without installing software and will not cost much.
Rightel; The first Iranian network to provide video calling without installing software
The capability that “Zareepour” raised in this meeting seems to be a type of outdated technology that was implemented as a competitive advantage of Rightel for some time in Iran. In the winter of 2013, Raitel offered the possibility of making video calls through the third generation mobile phone network in Iran; But its life lasted only one and a half years.
In June 2012, with the announcement of opposition from some Taqlid authorities, the provision of this service was stopped. In the summer of 2013, this service received an executive license from the National Center for Cyberspace in compliance with the cultural annex and was submitted to the Supreme Council of Cyberspace for final approval.
However, Raitel’s efforts to implement this service were unsuccessful and the video call file was closed in June 2015. At that time, Abolhassan Firouzabadi, the secretary of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, said that the era of video calls is over.
Due to the development of the functionality of messengers around the world, this technology (video call without the need of software) has been somewhat discredited by users. But it seems that the country’s officials are looking to revive this technology for Iranian users as well. Domestic experts suggest that one of the reasons for such a decision by the country’s officials is the continuous filtering of the “WhatsApp” application. This widely used messenger allows its users to easily make voice and video calls.
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