With a gradual increase in teledensity in Pakistan, the number of 3G/4G subscriptions has registered a magnanimous increase in the last one year.
According to the data meticulously maintained by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the number of 4G/3G users in the country has skyrocketed to 47.2 million in November 2017, registering an increase of 0.7 million users in 12 months. Last year in October 2016, the number of 4G/3G subscribers was 46.5 million.
A continuous increase in 3G/4G subscriptions is not only favorable for startups such as Apnafurniture.pk (Pakistan’s leading furniture website), BuyOye (an online shopping platform) and others, but also for big players such as Pakwheels.com and Rozee.pk.
Mobile phone users in Pakistan
The number of mobile phone users in Pakistan spiked to 143.34 million in November 2017, registering an increase of 0.66 percent in one month. In October 2017, cellphone users in the country were 142.40 million.
Individual growth of telecommunication companies
Mobilink outshined other telecommunication companies in the race, as the number of Jazz 3G subscribers increased to 14.1 million in November 2017 from 13.9 million in October 2017. On the other hand, the number of Mobilink’s LTE subscribers increased by 0.2 million during the same time period.
Zong also joined the bandwagon by registering an increase of 0.12 million in the number of 3G subscribers in one month from October 2017 to November 2017, while the 4G subscribers of the company increased by 0.1 million.
Telenor had to register a slight decrease in the number of its 3G subscribers. As per the report, the number of Telenor’s 3G users decreased to 10.5 million in November 2017 from 10.6 million users in October 2017. However, the same company saw an increase in the number of its 4G users during the said timeframe. Telenor’s 4G subscribers increased to 1.3 million from 1.16 million in one month.
The last but not the least, Ufone’s 3G users remained stagnant in one month. The company’s 3G subscribers were 5.5 million in October 2017 and the number remained somewhat the same in November 2017.
The Bottom Line
This uphill trend in the number of 4G and 3G users in Pakistan portray a positive picture not only for the country’s growth but also for a huge host of people connected directly or indirectly to the world of internet to undertake their business operations.
Not to mention, Pakistan still lags behind many developed countries in terms of internet growth, which hints at the magnanimous room that is available for growth. So, further initiatives have yet to be taken on all governmental, corporate and individual levels to get on par with the rest of the world