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

Synopsis

Mobile growth opportunities in Pakistan are very substantial due to a young population and rising penetration of mobile services. Pakistan’s mobile market has experienced slow to moderate growth over the last five years.

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.

In 2017 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.

However two main challenges facing mobile operators in Pakistan remain: a largely rural population with up to 70% of the population live in rural areas and difficulty serving those areas of the country that are politically unstable.

Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to very strong local competition.

4G network rollouts continue across the country. By 2017 over 30% of Pakistan population was covered by a 4G network.

Pakistan has seen a dramatic increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years with market penetration increasing from below 1% in 2012 to 24% in 2017. 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 2022.

Key developments:

  • 4G network rollouts continue across the country.
  • By 2017 over 30% of Pakistan population was covered by a 4G network.
  • Pakistan has seen a dramatic increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.
  • Mobilink and Warid merged their operations into a single brand, Jazz.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market Overview and Analysis
  • 3. Mobile Statistics
    • 3.1 General Statistics and Market Forecast
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
      • 3.2.1 Prepaid
    • 3.3 Mobile broadband statistics and Market Forecast
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum Auctions – 2014 - 2017
    • 4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.3 Other Developments
  • 5. Major mobile operators
    • 5.1 Statistics by Operators
    • 5.2 PMCL (Jazz)
      • 5.2.1 PMCL (Mobilink)
      • 5.2.2 Warid Telecom
    • 5.3 Ufone (PTCL)
    • 5.4 Telenor Pakistan
    • 5.5 Zong
    • 5.6 Historic - Instaphone (Pakcom)
    • 5.7 MVNOs
  • 6. Mobile content and applications
    • 6.1 m-commerce / m-banking
    • 6.2 m-TV
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 2 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 3 – Historic - mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2005
  • Table 4 – Mobile services revenue – 1998 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile services revenue – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Historical - overall ARPU across all mobile operators – 2002; 2004 - 2009
  • Table 7 – Proportion of prepaid mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2022
  • Table 9 – Mobile operators and systems
  • Table 10 –Mobile subscribers (millions) by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 11 –Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 12 –Mobile subscribers by operator, annual change – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 13 –Mobile subscribers (millions) by operator and 3G, 4G – 2017
  • Table 14 – Historic - 3G, 4G and LTE mobile subscribers by operator – 2016
  • Table 15 – Historic - 3G, 4G and LTE mobile subscribers by operator – 2015
  • Table 16 – Mobilink mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Warid Telecom subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Ufone (PTCL) subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Telenor Pakistan subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Historic - Telenor Pakistan - ARPU – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 21 – CMPak (Zong) mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Historical - Instaphone (Pakcom) subscribers – 2000 - 2010
  • Chart 1 - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers, Penetration and Annual Growth (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2022

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Number of pages 17

Status Current

Last updated 4 Sep 2017
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Analyst: Paul Kwon

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