Pakistan - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


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.

Key developments:

  • Fixed broadband penetration is Pakistan remains very low mainly due to the dominance of the mobile platform.
  • mobile broadband services have totally overwhelmed the fixed broadband sector of the market;
  • E-commerce in Pakistan will be a US$1 billion market by 2020.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd (PTCL); PakNet; Wateen Telecom (subsidiary of Warid Telecom); Mobilink; NayaTel; TeleCard; WorldCall; Wi-Tribe; National Telecommunications Corp (NTC).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and Statistical Overview

    • Market Overview And Analysis
    • ISP Market
    • Broadband Statistics and Market Forecast
  • Fixed Broadband Service Providers

    • Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)
    • Stormfiber
  • Fixed Broadband Technologies

    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) Networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
    • Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH)
    • Fixed Wireless
      • WiMAX
    • Other Fixed Broadband Services
      • Internet via satellite
  • Digital Economy

    • e-Commerce
      • Overview
    • e-Government
    • e-Education
  • Digital Media

    • Broadcasting
    • Videostreaming
    • VOIP
  • Related Reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
  • Table 2 – Fixed Broadband subscribers by access type – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed Broadband market share by access type – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed Broadband market annual growth by access type – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Historical - internet users – 1995 – 2005
  • Table 8 – Internet Users and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Historic - dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 – 2011
  • Table 10 – PTCL broadband subscribers – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 11 – Cable modem subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 12 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 13 – FTTH subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 14 – WiMAX subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Historic - Key broadcasting statistics – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 – 2023

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Last updated 10 Oct 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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