Pakistan has been ranked the number 1 country for providing the most affordable telecom services, as per the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index Report ranked 139 countries in this regard and Pakistan was right at the top ahead of India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. India was ranked at 8th spot, Bangladesh was ranked at 14th spot while Sri Lanka was ranked at 35th position respectively.
Also in terms of the availability of the latest technologies and internet bandwidth, Pakistan has been ranked above India, Bangladesh, and Iran by Competitiveness Index Report of World Economic Forum
It is pertinent to mention here that the World Economic Forum is considered highly reputed, reliable and credible information source worldwide.
However, cable.co.uk ranked Pakistan at 33rd position on its calculation of average price of 1 GB mobile data @ USD 1.85/month, which is incorrect. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority analyzed the monthly plans and packages offered by telecom companies in the country.
It was revealed that the average price of 1 GB mobile data is just USD 0.72 not USD 1.85. On PTA’s analysis it can be said that average price per GB of Pakistan is the second lowest in Asia region. Pakistan is ahead of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia etc in this regard.
Data from the mobile companies was taken by PTA which showed that average price of 1 GB mobile data in Pakistan ranges from USD 0.29 to USD 0.59 per month.
Cable.co.uk representatives have been approached by PTA to clarify in this regard but no response has been received.