Iranian Government Blocks Access to UC Browser
In one of its frustrating movements, Iranian government has cut access to UC Browser. The Chinese web browser, which is only available for mobile devices, provides the necessary tools and technologies to Iranian Internet users to circumvent governmental Internet filtering. Currently the main website of UC Browser (ucweb.com) has been blocked by the local officials.
UC Web has not ever published the number of its total clients in Iran, but apparently many people are using this software on their mobile devices. It’s worth mentioning that, most of UC Browser’s clients in Iran utilize this application to circumvent Internet filtering. Recently the Chinese firm decided to publish the Persian version of UC Web for its Iranian clients.
Local users have expressed their resentment in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “Despite good relations with Chinese government, Iranians block UC Browser. Why?” an Iranian user wrote in Twitter.
UC Browser is the leading mobile Internet browser with more than 400 million users across more than 150 countries and regions. This product is currently available on all major operating platforms in 7 different languages. Rumors suggest Baidu Inc, China’s biggest search engine, might acquire UC Browser rather than developing its own web browser.
During the recent days, Iranian government had also banned VPN ports. According to Nami, IT minister, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked officials to “organize” Virtual Private Network services in the country.