Iran on Monday started the construction of the National Fiber Optic Network, which will make Iran the "hub of regional communication" according to President Mohammad Khatami, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
"Undoubtedly Iran should be the hub of regional communication which has to be serviced by fiber optics," Khatami was quoted as saying at the inaugurating ceremony.
Khatami termed the national fiber optic network as the pivotal point of a "digitized silk Road."
"On one hand the network links Central Asia, China and Afghanistan, and Indian subcontinent as well as Iran's southern nations via Turkey to the West and on the other, Iran will be linked to the world through the seabed-laid network," Khatami said.
The network, costing at about 740 million US dollars, covers 900 cities with a wide band, almost four times of the country's current communication infrastructures, IRNA said.