1235 GMT February 18, 2019
Accessible at www.yooz.ir, the Iranian search engine Yooz provides Iranian users with the opportunity to search through Persian websites in a faster and more secure way, Mehr News Agency said.
According to Mehdi Naqavi, the project manager, Iran ranks sixth in the world in using Google search engine.
“Iranian users visit Google 25 million times a day, which makes countries such as Germany, France, Italy and China fall in tenth ranking and onward,” he said.
Naqavi maintained that launching a domestic search engine would foil potential Internet-related sanctions, introduce the Persian web to academia and remove limitations on the users’ access due to sanctions.
Noting that nine foreign search engines had been thoroughly studied to design and launch the domestic search engine Yooz, Naqavi said, “In the first phase of the project, 1 billion Persian websites have been covered and in the second phase Persian, Arabic and English websites coverage will increase to 6 billion, and then up to 24 billion websites in the third phase of the project.”
Naqavi noted that Yooz has the ability to index up to 10 billion webpages, showing immediate results, smart response, download services, video and translation.