Broadband subscriptions in Pakistan reached 100 million: PTA

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has announced that the broadband subscription in the country has reached 100 million. The PTA said there were less than 200,000 subscriptions by 2012. But with the introduction of the 3G service, the number has gone up to 1.6 million in 2014 and is now 100 million.

The authority claims that currently, 87% of the country’s population has access to the lowest-cost internet/broadband services in the region. In addition, broadband is provided on 3G/4G networks, with an average download speed of 17.7 Mbps and an upload speed of 11.3 Mbps (mobile) compared to other regional countries. Is higher than

Mobile data prices have fallen to just 0.70% of the gross national income (GNI), less than the 2% recommended by the UN Broadband Commission. The four National Cellular Mobile Operators (CMO’s), SCO, and fixed-line broadband operators, including PTCL, now have a combined broadband membership of over 100 million.

According to the PTA, this goal was achieved due to the increasing use of data services in every sector of the national economy, popularity among consumers, and introduction of new and innovative service of operators.

In addition, Pakistan’s telecom sector has achieved many milestones. These include reaching 100 million mobile subscriptions in 2010, introducing the first biometric verified SIM nationwide in 2009, and implementing the world’s first open-source Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) in 2019.

PTA praise its customers and service providers for achieving this milestone in the press release and also mentioned that we will soon celebrate this milestone together.

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