Pakistan - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Pakistan’s mobile market has experienced moderate growth over the last six years. Mobile growth opportunities in Pakistan have been very substantial due to a young population and rising penetration of mobile services. Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to very strong local competition.

The country’s mobile operators are all fighting for a larger share of the market, forcing down prices and subsequently Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU). The operators have been shifting their focus to Value Added Services (VAS) in order to improve revenues.

Mobilink and Warid merged their operations into a single brand, Jazz, which saw the number of mobile operators reduce from six to five. Further market consolidation is predicted over the next five years as the operating margins of the major operators come under further pressure.

Pakistan has seen a dramatic increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years. However, the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development with penetration well below most other Asian countries. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024, driven by further adoption of 4G and eventually 5G services.

In 2019 the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) published guidelines for issuing temporary 5G authorisations to service providers, vendors and research organisations. Zong announced that it was the first MNO to successfully test 5G in Pakistan. It staged the trial at its headquarters in Islamabad, and generated download speeds in excess of 1Gbps.

Key developments:

  • 5G trials have begun in Pakistan
  • Pakistan has seen a very strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.
  • Pakistan’s MoIT is aiming to introduce commercial 5G services before 2020.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Mobilink (PMCL); Ufone (PTML, PTCL’s subsidiary); Telenor Pakistan; Warid Telecom; Instaphone.

Table of Contents

  • Market overview and analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • Market statistics and market forecast
    • Mobile broadband statistics and Market Forecast
  • Regulatory issues

    • Spectrum Auctions – 2014 - 2017
    • Mobile Termination Rates
    • Other Developments
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
  • Major mobile operators

    • Statistics by operator
    • PMCL (Jazz)
      • PMCL (Mobilink)
      • Warid Telecom
    • Ufone (PTCL)
    • Telenor Pakistan
    • Zong
    • Special Communication Organisation (SCO)
    • Historic - Instaphone (Pakcom)
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile content and applications

    • m-commerce / m-banking
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 2 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 3 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 4 – Mobile subscribers (millions) by operator – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 6 –Mobile subscribers by operator, annual change – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Mobile subscribers (millions) by operator and 3G, 4G - 2018
  • Table 8 – PCML (Jazz) mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2019
  • Table 9 – Historic - Warid Telecom subscribers – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 10 – Ufone (PTCL) subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Telenor Pakistan subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 12 – CMPak (Zong) mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Historic - Instaphone (Pakcom) subscribers – 2000 – 2010
  • Table 14 – Historic - mobile subscribers – 1995 – 2005

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 – 2024

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