Telecom Subscriber Stats – August, September 2009


PTA has at last issued cellular subscribers’ stats for the month of August and September 2009. Stats reveal that Pakistan telecom industry is about to hit 96 million subscribers in the country – with 58.60 percent teledensity.

Mobilink has touched again 30 million mark being at the top, while Telenor is bagging the second slot with 21.65 million customers at the end of September 2009. Ufone is at 3rd slot with 19.1 million customer – thanks to heavy losses in previous two months. Warid and Zong are surfing nicely with smooth addition in subscribers.

Mobilink and Telenor added most customers, while Ufone lost maximum numbers in the charts.

It should be noted that 668 SIM verification system was launched in October 2009, so let’s not rule out chances of swift drop in cellular subscribers in coming couple of months (at least). There are un-confirmed reports that at least 1.5 million SIMs have been blocked and more to follow in coming months. If 668 campaign goes on for another two months, we should expect a slip of at least 2 million subscribers if not 3.

Following are graphs for cellular industry to further illustrate the picture…




Wireless Local Loop

PTA says that there are total of 2,684,594 WLL subscribers across the country with 1.6 percent teledensity. Stats reveal that WLL subscribers grew at a rate of 0.9 percent in August and September 2009.

At the end of September 2009, PTCL is at top slot with 1,302,794 subscribers, while Telecard stands second with 635,236 WLL users. World Call is placed 3rd with 567,592 WLL subscribers.

Great Bear and Wateen hold prominent slot with 45,391 and 100,064 subscribers respectively.

As said by PTA, growth rate for WLL subscribers has declined slightly in latest months.

Fixed Line

PTA could not update fixed line stats, and last update was made in March 2009, according to which there are 3,525,824 fixed line subscribers in the country – clearly PTCL leading the field with 3,378,495 subscribers. It must be noted that Fixed line subscribers are continuously declining with time due to competition and comfort that cellular service providers are offering.

Other than PTCL, following were stats for fixed line

NTC: 104,400
World Call: 12,234
Brain Limited: 8,591
Nayatel: 18,700
SCO: 92,536

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Dear Amir Atta,
    Nice bro…

    i think so warid do not need to sale its shares :p Ufone should think about it.

    may i share it on my blog with your name and reference :)

  • Dear Mr. Amir,
    it is my opion that edit your post about sale of 63 % stakes of waridtel because accordng my info warid totally disagree with this news and they inform the media that this is only rumor.

  • Acha h Ufone k sath aisahi hona chahiye… ye log bs TVS pr paisda zaya krtyrhty hn…. jbtak 30 pulse billing pe koi call rates nhe dynge aisahihoga..
    Good Mobilink

  • Menay bari khushi khushi aik dafa blackberry per ufone active karwaya :p wo tu baad ma pata chala k jab data connection active ho tu sms nahi hotay ;p i realy love warid…

  • Hehehe.. Ufone >> NW ppl need change yar!!
    Getup na.. Lolx.. I maself will switch if yew dint changed.. Well Change ur Marketing Strategy,.,., Ufone will neva eva 4get June 2008.. At dat time Mobilink revised strategy.. Nw its ur deal.. Go Ahead.. Best f Luck Ufone..

  • ufone IS STILL in business…. i love UFONE… they need to improve there call & sms package…
    they dont have any good 30 sec package

  • I the war of sms…

    Warid is winning because it still has SMS service On & so does Zong.

    other companies don’t this is why they will let behind.

  • and people start to fight with me whenever I say Ufone sucks……well picture speaks louder than words…..Ufone sirf TVC bnana janta hai….aur kuch nai!!

    And I think this huge loss in Ufone subscribers is because off 668….this proves that Ufone was the main culprit in issuing multiple SIM’s on 1 NIC…!!!

    I’d love to see Warid in the 3rd spot! :D

  • Ufone can grow itself if Ufone focus on …. Tarif of 30 Sec + Good TVC need on reality (not funnay ADs all the time) + Connectivity & Voice Clearity. Thats it….

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