Pakistan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Foreign investment has been an important factor in Pakistan’s telecom sector. Pakistan’s telecom market had been struggling for a long time with the transition from a regulated state-owned monopoly to a deregulated competitive structure. As well as capital input from the government, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have been active in providing capital for country’s telecom sector.

In 2015 there was setback in the mobile growth with the government’s re-verification program, which saw a temporary decline and stall in mobile subscriber growth.

The rapid roll out of the 3G and 4G networks has strong uptake of mobile broadband during 2016 and 2017.

Despite the government’s promotion of internet and expansion of universal internet access to cities, towns and villages throughout the nation over the past decade, internet penetration has remained relatively low in global terms.

The fixed line market in Pakistan remains underdeveloped due to the dominance of the mobile segment. Further, the number of fixed telephone lines is slowly declining as the mobile segment continues to expand. Overall penetration dropped from 2.6% in 2014 to 1.9% in 2015 and 1.5% in 2017. The market is predicted to decline further over the next five years to 2022 as the mobile segment continues to grow for both voice and data/broadband usage.

Key developments:

  • Rapid roll out of the 3G and 4G networks has seen strong uptake of mobile broadband.
  • The fixed line market remains underdeveloped due to the dominance of the mobile segment.
  • The fixed line market is predicted to decline further over the next five years to 2022.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd (PTCL); Mobilink (PMCL); Ufone (PTML, PTCL’s subsidiary); Telenor Pakistan; Warid Telecom; Zong; WorldCall; TeleCard;

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
      • 4.1.1 Background
    • 4.2 Revenue and investment levels
    • 4.3 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authorities
      • 5.2.1 Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT)
      • 5.2.2 Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
      • 5.2.3 National Telecommunications Corp (NTC)
      • 5.2.4 North Waziristan Agency (NWA)
      • 5.2.5 Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
    • 5.3 Government policies
    • 5.4 Access
    • 5.5 Universal Service Fund (USF)
    • 5.6 Regulatory developments
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Fixed Network Subscribers by Operator
    • 6.2 Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)
    • 6.3 WorldCall group
    • 6.4 TeleCard
    • 6.5 Wateen Telecom
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 Fixed line statistics
      • 7.2.1 Payphones and Public Call Offices (PCOs)
    • 7.3 New developments
      • 7.3.1 Fibre Networks
      • 7.3.2 USF Telecentre Project
    • 7.4 International infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 Satellite Networks
      • 7.4.2 Submarine Cable Networks
      • 7.4.3 International gateways
  • 8. Smart Infrastructure
    • 8.1 Smart Grids
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2017
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2017
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2017
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 8 – Pakistan’s real GDP growth rate – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - Key Metrics - 2017 - 2022
  • Table 10 – Pakistan’s total telecom revenue – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 11 – Pakistan’s telecom investment – total and mobile - 2004 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in telecom sector – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 13 – ‘Fixed-line’ licences issued by PTA
  • Table 14 –Fixed local line subscribers by operator– 2017
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line (WLL) subscribers by operator – 2017
  • Table 16 – Historic - Fixed-line (wireless) subscribers by operator – 2015
  • Table 17 – PTCL fixed wireline subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 18 – PTCL WLL (fixed wireless) subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Historic – fixed-line subscribers and penetration – 1991 - 2006
  • Table 20 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
  • Table 21 – Fixed wireline subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 22 – Fixed wireless (WLL) subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 23 – Public Call Offices (PCOs) – 1999 – 2016
  • Chart 1 – Fixed Line and Mobile Penetration – 2017; 2022
  • Chart 2 - Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022

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Number of pages 28

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Last updated 4 Sep 2017
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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