Pishgaman Kavir Yazd is Iran’’s biggest IT cooperative, founded in 1996 in the central province of Yazd. The company soon expanded its activities and geographic reach, and is now one of the leaders in Iran’’s IT and ICT industry, providing internet and communication connections to all of the country’’s provinces.

The group has over 1,500,000 users, is divided into 27 member companies and is looking to expand globally, but it still relies on its original four principles: trust in God, thinking, commitment and cooperation.

The group’s companies work in various fields, including providing internet services throughout Iran, Iran’’s first cyber bank, international calls (one of only three licensed companies), web-based software, software services, management systems, web design, advertising, e-learning and computer games. They also run telecommunications and fibre optic projects both in Iran and internationally.

As they branch out into the insurance industry, launch a new banking system and start an international underwater fibre network from Oman to Chahbahar, their slogan, “We started from Yazd and we think about the world,” is proving more and more apt.