Pakistan Leads in MBB Penetration Growth Rate in the Region: GSMA

Enough has been said negative and discouraging about the ICT growth of Pakistan but the fact remains that Pakistan leads the race in Mobile Broadband in the region. It is time to appreciate some of the worth praising steps taken by the Government ICT Managers i.e. MoITT and PTA that has helped the country to improve its position in the region just in the last couple of years. The GSMA Intelligence stats indicate that the rate of Mobile Broadband penetration of Pakistan has witnessed phenomenal growth specially if compared to other regional countries like Bangladesh, India and Indonesia.

Pakistan Leads in MBB Penetration Growth Rate in the Region: GSMA

Let’s have look at the graphs for the past two years i.e. 2014 and 2015 that illustrates the enhanced growth of Pakistan’s mobile broadband penetration:


Pakistan leads the race when compared to its regional peers such as India and Bangladesh hands down and this just happened in the past two years. The NGSMA auction in 2014 and the resultant growth has seen Pakistan leading the race for MBB penetration of 19% and still on the increase showing 185% YoY growth. Gone are the days when mobile internet was rare facility and there was only one person using it in a home. The growing smartphone penetration, availability of affordable smartphones and above all access to 3G/4G has enable Pakistan to boost its standing across the region.

GSMA Intelligence is the mobile industry’s leading data and analysis resource. It is used by over 800 of the world’s mobile operators, governments and regulators, device and software vendors, equipment manufacturers, financial and consultancy firms.

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One Comment

  1. Pakistan has been very late in the launch of mobile broadband (3G / 4G) and hence other countries in the region have become mature markets (most of them have 4G since 2011).

    In Pakistan 3G/4G has just started so a higher growth percentage shows nothing more than the fact that Pakistan has been lagging behind in progress and now the market is just catching up.

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