Apple Inc. Aiming To Tap Huge New Market In Iran

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The official signing of a deal between the U.S. and Iran should lead to the lifting of economic sanctions which benefit Apple and other U.S. companies.

After 20 months of negotiations, a deal on Iran’s nuclear program could see the country become a huge new market for foreign companies and investment, writes Buster Hein for Cult of Mac. And Apple is already preparing its entrance, according to a new report.

Apple contacts potential Iranian partners

The Wall Street Journal cites “people familiar with the matter” who say that Apple has already made contact with Iranian distributors. Cupertino is not alone in making plans for Iran, as General Electric is also apparently interested in the new market.

As it stands Apple’s presence in the Middle East is nowhere near as heavy as in other regions of the world, but that may be about to change. Data shows that Iran’s 80 million population are favorable towards Western brands, and while only 11 million have mobile internet access, 53% of the population has broadband.

Despite the economic sanctions, some U.S.-based companies were able to do business with Iran. Since last year, Boeing has been selling aircraft manuals and charts, while Iranians have been able to enjoy Coca-Cola’s sodas for almost 20 years, thanks to a special license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Lifting of sanctions dependent on Iran

The opening of Iran to other companies is reliant on Tehran’s implementation of the deal, which means U.S. and European businesses may only be able to enter Iran early next year. The deal also contains a so-called “snapback” clause which means that sanctions will be immediately reimposed should Iran renege on its promises.

Many European businesses only left the country in recent years as EU sanctions became stricter. With pre-existing business relationships in place, European companies stand to benefit faster than U.S. firms should sanctions be lifted.

Companies from a variety of sectors are excited by the potential market offered by Iran’s large population, while oil companies may also stand to benefit from Iran’s desire to start pumping oil again, and their need for Western technology to make the process as efficient as possible.

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About the Author

Brendan Byrne
While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at theflask@gmail.com

2 Comments on "Apple Inc. Aiming To Tap Huge New Market In Iran"

  1. Agree with you 100%. There seems to be an efficient network though with two companies having the lion’s share of the subscriber base: MCI and MTN Irancell.

  2. Anyone in Iran could always buy an I-Phone. Not in Iran; but who cares.
    For it to be truly beneficial to AAPL; Iran must build a network, as China Mobile did.
    And to my point about availability where it is not sold. China; before AAPL sold there was flooded with iPhones smuggled through HK.
    Anything can be bought online; shipped where it is legal; and then forwarded to Iran; N. Korea or anywhere else where not available.
    Until there is a worthy network; I guarantee AAPL’s presence will only be online.
    Building retail outlets now is putting the cart before the horse.

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