ISLAMABAD: Around 2.5 million subscribers has opted for 3G services being provided by mobile phone operators after its launch in April this year while this number is expected to rise further in due course.
This number is grossly close to 3.34 million broadband users that were available in Pakistan before 3G services.
Not to mention, it took Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around eight years to take current broadband subscription to 3.37 million mark.
Mobile companies figures on Friday showed that 3G adoption has been tremendous during early months considering the limited coverage from telecom operators in the country, the subscribers size of 2.5 million in short span of time is more than what they were originally expecting.
The figure of 2.5 million subscribers is derived through a definition according to which a cellular subscriber who has carried out a paid 3G data activity during last 90 days is considered a 3G user.
This definition of active 3G user might change with time to come but for now – for a start – anyone with one 3G data activity within past 90 days should be considered a 3G user.
Just to add, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will issue statistics about 3G users in next few weeks as it is in process of finalizing its annual report for publication.
The Regulator hopes that magnitude of 3G usage to increase exponentially within one year or so as attractive packages are being introduced by the operators.