Pakistan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
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. Foreign investment has been an important factor in Pakistan’s telecom sector.
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. The market is predicted to decline further over the next five years to 2023 as the mobile segment continues to grow for both voice and data/broadband usage.
The struggling fixed-line market in Pakistan is dominated by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL). The only other provider with a significant customer base is NTC.
Examples of IoT applications in Pakistan are solar-powered home services enabling rural households outside of the grid to power TV sets, mobile phone chargers and other electronic devices. Mobile operator Zong launched the ‘Zong 4G Smart Car’ solution in Islamabad.
Rapid roll out of 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 2023.