Broadband subscribers cross 23.6 million mark in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The total broadband subscribers including for 3G and 4G services have crossed around the 23.6 million mark in the country, registering a reasonable growth rate with each passing month.
As per latest market figures, the 3G and 4G subscribers also reached 20.6 million by November this year.
In September this year, highest growth rate of 14.43% was by cellular companies, which have added 2.35 million 3G/4G subscribers.
A senior PTA official on Friday revealed the number of broadband subscribers in other technologies are DSL 1,563,321 users, HFC 43,929 users, Wimax 245,284 users, FTTH 20,549 users, EvDo 1,273,184 users and others 6,160 users.
Experts of telecom industry are having a viewpoint that portable mobile broadband devices like MiFi and Wingles are one of the main reasons of this growth in 3G/4G subscribers and many more will follow this trend in upcoming days.
In the context of upcoming 3G/4G auctions for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) regions, these stats are really encouraging for the mobile phone companies that depict the increasing demand of these technologies across the country.
Meanwhile, the country’s largest mobile phone operator, Mobilink, has overtaken its competitors to become the number one 3G player after official figures were released by Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA).
Mobilink crossed the six million 3G subscribers mark during the 4th quarter of 2015. Mobilink Marketing Vice President Asif Aziz said key to this leading position is consistent investment to further innovate on behalf of subscribers by delivering not just the best 3G and voice network, but also improvements in customer service, and product lines.
He said to support its 3G services, Mobilink has in place a robust fibre optic infrastructure that expands to over 6,000 kilometres coupled with the latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment and a
well versed team of professionals.
Its 3G network connects millions of people every day who use their smartphones for education, businesses, communication, entertainment, E-learning and most importantly enjoy ready access to internet on the go for easy access to knowledge.