ISLAMABAD: The total broadband subscribers including for 3G and 4G services have crossed around 48.13 million mark in the country till September this year, registering a reasonable growth rate with each passing month.
As per latest figures issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the number of broadband users was around 46.9 million till August 2017 and major contribution in one month has been made in shape of 3G and 4G subscribers by Mobile Phone Operators which reached 46 million by August.
The tele-density of total broadband has reached 22.6 per cent while tele-density for mobile broadband touched 21.6 per cent mark till the period mentioned. Total mobile phone subscribers in the country have reached 141 million mark with tele-density of 70.25 till August, 2017.
The number of broadband subscribers in other technologies included DSL 15,53,062, HFC 51,226, Wimax 1,55,747, FTTH 52,749, EvDO 5,68,368 and other 9,264 subscribers.
Experts of telecom industry are having a viewpoint that portable mobile broadband devices like MiFi and Wingles are one of the main reasons of this growth in 3G/4G subscribers and many more will follow this trend in upcoming days.
Meanwhile, country’s largest mobile phone operator,
Mobilink has overtaken its competitors as 3G/4G player after official figures were released by PTA. Jazz subscribers base was 13.7 million 3G and 1.35 million 4G till the period mentioned.
A senior official of the Company said key to this leading position is consistent investment to further innovate on behalf of subscribers by delivering not just the best 3G/4G and voice network, but also improvements in customer service, and product lines.
As per statistics, the 3G subscribers of Zong have now extended to 8.91 million and 4.7 4G users by end of September 2017.
The number of Telenor 3G subscribers was 10.71 million and 9,96,004 4G users till the period mentioned above.
An increase has also been observed in Ufone subscribers base, reaching 5.5 million 3G users by September 2017 from 5.3 million till August this year.
Meanwhile, the mobile broadband is helping in widespread adoption of social media which has an impact on everyday lives of billions of people around the world.
Social media has also been gaining vast popularity among masses in Pakistan. The introduction of mobile broadband coupled with influx of affordable Smartphones had a catalytic effect on use of social media.
People turn towards social media to voice their opinions, experiences, suggestions and feedback on any topic or constituent of the society.—AFP