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 2023. 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 2023, driven by further adoption of 4G and eventually 5G services.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had been instructed by the federal government to begin the process of conducting 5G tests and trials. Pakistan’s MoIT is aiming to introduce commercial 5G services before 2020.

Key developments:

  • 4G network rollouts continue across the country.
  • Pakistan has seen a dramatic 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

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market Overview and Analysis
  • 3. Mobile Statistics
    • 3.1 Market 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. Mobile Infrastructure
    • 5.1 5G
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Statistics by Operators
    • 6.2 PMCL (Jazz)
      • 6.2.1 PMCL (Mobilink)
      • 6.2.2 Warid Telecom
    • 6.3 Ufone (PTCL)
    • 6.4 Telenor Pakistan
    • 6.5 Zong
    • 6.6 Special Communication Organisation (SCO)
    • 6.7 Historic - Instaphone (Pakcom)
    • 6.8 MVNOs
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 m-commerce / m-banking
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 2 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 – 2023
  • Table 3 – Historic - mobile subscribers – 1995 - 2005
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile services revenue – 1998 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile services revenue – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Historic - Proportion of prepaid mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2023
  • Table 8 – Mobile operators and systems
  • Table 9 –Mobile subscribers (millions) by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 10 –Mobile subscriber market share by operator – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 11 –Mobile subscribers by operator, annual change – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Mobile subscribers (millions) by operator and 3G, 4G - 2018
  • 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 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Historic - Warid Telecom subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Ufone (PTCL) subscribers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Telenor Pakistan subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Historic - Telenor Pakistan - ARPU – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 21 – CMPak (Zong) mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Historic - Instaphone (Pakcom) subscribers – 2000 - 2010
  • Chart 1 - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023
  • Chart 2 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2023

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