Broadband Industry Crosses 31 Million Subscribers – Latest PTA Figures

Hasnain
April 22, 2016

Ever since the introduction of 3G/4G services in Pakistan, subscribers have been moving towards the new data technologies that enable faster speeds and thus consumers can use their smartphones to the best of their abilities even while being out and about and away from WiFi network. People are using social services like Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook and many others to stay connected with their friends and family. We can also stay uptodate on the latest news and events happening around the world. Due to the increased usage of such services, telecom companies have seen a rapid growth in the number of subscribers. PTA has recently published the statistics regarding 3G/4G growth in Pakistan according to which the total number of 3G/4G subscribers in Pakistan now stands at 27.86 million which was recorded at the end of March 2016. 1.67 million subscribers were added just in the month of March alone. This totals to a tremendous growth of 13.25 million new subscribers in the past 3 quarters or 9 months starting from July 2015. The total breakdown of the number of 3G/4G subscribers from all telcos are given below:

 Operator Technology Oct-15 Nov-15 Dec-15 Jan-16  Feb-16 Mar-16
CMPak 3G 4,088,019 4,376,991 4,752,974 5,083,597 5,430,155 5,681,113
4G 227,675 254,122 282,701 416,676 481,730 535,936
Mobilink 3G 6,043,233 6,807,898 7,248,761 7,648,548 7,930,515 8,494,389
Telenor 3G 5,768,102 6,003,031 6,373,498 6,777,091 7,213,512 7,690,529
Ufone 3G 3,773,921 4,023,196 4,293,739 4,548,824 4,879,653 5,180,643
Warid LTE 174,727 192,917 214,046 235,239 257,726 283,761
Total 20,075,677 21,658,155 23,165,719 24,709,975 26,193,291 27,866,371

The broadband industry also saw a growth as due to the influx of 3G/4G, telcos have now introduced their Mobile Broadband devices as well which add portability as well as multiple devices can be connected at one time. Zong has been a massive hit with the consumers as it’s giving fast and consistent speeds at attractive prices. Including all wired and wireless broadband services available  to consumers in Pakistan, the total number of subscribers now stands at 31 million  which is a growth of a staggering 13.28 million subscribers since the past 9 months starting from July 2015. Cable Net and EvDO technologies took a hit as the number of new subscribers have been going down however Mobile Broadband saw the most growth in number of new subscribers. WiMAX took a huge hit in July 2015 most probably due to Wateen’s exit from the broadband market which almost left its user base in half as shown in the table given below:

Broadband Subscribers by Technology
Technology DSL HFC WiMax FTTH EvDO Others Mobile BB Total
2005-06 26,611 26,611
2006-07 44,669 484 45,153
2007-08 102,910 42,760 19,612 2,800 168,082
2008-09 262,661 36,201 88,477 3,967 22,503 413,809
2009-10 476,722 49,110 257,616 5,002 111,194 1,004 900,648
2010-11 695,245 34,274 428,523 6,346 325,140 1,963 1,491,491
2011-12 880,071 35,520 589,887 8,444 584,459 2,934 2,101,315
2012-13 1,064,003 33,184 575,939 11,152 1,033,513 3,868 2,721,659
2013-14 1,346,817 37,011 530,889 14,848 1,861,118 5,240 3,795,923
2014-15 1,480,672 43,362 487,582 19,490 1,334,725 6,089 13,498,677 16,885,518
Jul-15 1,502,150 43,490 246,810 19,646 1,277,034 6,122 14,614,411 17,709,663
Aug-15 1,563,321 43,929 245,284 20,549 1,273,184 6,160 15,765,680 18,918,107
Sep-15 1,566,148 43,594 228,635 20,668 1,280,474 6,212 18,040,854 21,186,585
Oct-15 1,508,842 44,797 217,150 20,691 1,329,907 6,288 20,075,677 23,203,352
Nov-15 1,508,842 44,797 217,150 20,691 1,329,907 6,288 21,658,155 24,785,830
Dec-15 1,508,842 44,797 217,150 20,691 1,329,907 6,288 23,165,719 26,293,394
Jan-16* 1,503,635 45,342 215,558 22,197 1,356,578 6,467 24,709,975 27,859,752
Feb-16** 1,516,938 44,136 207,496 22,786 1,331,976 6,592 26,193,291 29,323,215
Mar-16** 1,516,938 44,136 207,496 22,786 1,331,976 6,592 27,866,371 30,996,295

Note: *DSL, HFC, WiMax, FTTH, EvDO and others are as of Dec 2015
Note: **DSL, HFC, WiMax, FTTH, EvDo and others are As of Dec 2015

 

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