On Friday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) stated that the number of 3G/4G subscribers has touched 29.53 million in June 2016, up from 14.6 million in July 2015.
Pakistan’s 3G/4G Subscribers Reached 29.53 Million
“The availability of low-cost smartphones and aggressive roll-out of apps has made this possible.”
Said Parvez Iftikhar, an expert on information and communication technology.
The accessibility of social networking apps like Whatsapp and Facebook played a substantial part in enticing massive traffic.
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Iftikhar further added that introduction of 3G/4G internet services in Pakistan in 2014 has assisted the economy. The formation of number of technology incubators in the country resulted in the boost of the economy.
According to Iftikhar, the inauguration of online shopping portals, internet banking and roll-out of mobile money transfer by cellular companies have also facilitated entice higher traffic on 3G/4G networks.
Moreover, federal and provincial governments were also consuming mobile broadband to improve health, education and agriculture subdivisions.
PTA informed that entire broadband subscribers grew 92% to 32.41 million in fiscal year 2016 from 16.88 million in the preceding fiscal year 2015.
Mobilink leads the charts with 39,118,521 customers. Telenor is closing in the gap with 38,020,771 users. However, after merger Mobilink is able to extend the lead with over 50 million post-merger customers.
Zong has 25,251,329 customers at the end of June 2016 whereas Ufone stood with 19,833,670 customers. Warid has a total of 11,017,174 customers.
The authority also added that total teledensity recuperated to 70.94% in FY16 from 62.9% in FY15. It emaciated at 78.89% in FY14. The deferral of millions of mobile phone SIMs in the outcome of biometric verification had overturned the growth in FY15.
Teledensity for cellular mobile recovered to 69.12% in FY16 from 60.7% in FY15, PTA added. The figure of total mobile phone users, comprising non 3G/4G users, increased by 16% to 133.24 million in FY16 from 114.65 million in FY15, it added.
A spokesperson at the federal ministry of information technology, Sagheer Wattoo, accredited the swift growth in 3G/4G subscribers to the introduction of Telecommunications Policy 2015 last year.
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