Despite the efforts of the government to stimulate growth in the internet segment of the telecommunications market, for a long period it has remained a fairly sluggish component of Pakistan’s overall telecoms sector. The data and internet service sector has been opened up for private operators to invest and operate services in the country.
Fixed broadband penetration in Pakistan remains very low mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform. Also, the limited and declining number of fixed lines in Pakistan is restricting more widespread development of fixed broadband. Over the next five years to 2023 low growth is expected from this small base.
DSL dominates the fixed broadband market. Its market share has been rising over the past five years. HFC and FTTH have also seen rising numbers, however each still constitute for a very low market share of the overall fixed broadband market.
The size of Pakistan’s e-commerce sector is expected to cross the $1-billion mark by the end of 2018. Higher smartphone and broadband penetration coupled with increased number of online payment merchants expand both the total serviceable market of customers and the availability of online purchases. However there still are a number of factors are inhibiting adoption including lack of awareness in both consumers and merchants and issues with customer fulfillment.
Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd (PTCL); PakNet; Wateen Telecom (subsidiary of Warid Telecom); Mobilink; NayaTel; TeleCard; WorldCall; Wi-Tribe; National Telecommunications Corp (NTC).
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Last updated 10 Oct 2018
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