PTA has unveiled the cellular mobile user’s data. Cellular mobile subscribers have increased to 145 million. The teledensity rose to 71.42%. There are 145 million mobile users in Pakistan out of which the 3G/4G subscribers have reached 48 million.
The teledensity of 3G/4G users has now reached 23.81% while the teledensity of cellular users have gone up and reached 71.42% The data is until December 2017. As compared to December 2016 the mobile broadband 3G/4G users were 37.574 million at that time.
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As per the official data, broadband users have reached 51 million and the teledensity of the broadband users is 24.96%.
- Ufone 3G users till Dec 20017: 5.7 million
- Telenor 3G users till Dec 2017: 10.63 million
- Mobilink 3G users till Dec 2017: 14.29 million
- Zong 3G users till Dec 2017: 9.5 million
Coming to 4G users
- Telenor 4G users till Dec 2017: 1.5 million
- Mobilink 4G users till Dec 2017: 1.9 million
- Zong 4G users till Dec 2017: 4.9 million
Before this Government issued a directive to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to verify SIMs through the biometric procedure. Because of this procedure, 98.3 million unverified SIMs got blocked while 215.4 SIMs were issued to all telecom operators. After the verification process on done 18.7 million, SIMs got activated.
If we talk about which cellular company is right at the top, it will be Mobilink as per current statistics. But if we anticipate the future it is likely that Zong will beat all the companies and emerge as the leading cellular company in Pakistan. In terms of 4G subscribers, Zong is already leading with 4.9 million 4G users. In 2003-04 Zong started very well with 9.36% market share but suddenly Zong saw huge crunch and dropped down to 1.62% in 2006-07. Then the company focused mainly on 3G/4G subscribers from then onwards, which was the right thing to do. The company focuses more on the future technology and it is expected that Zong might pioneer 5G technology in Pakistan.
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