Broadband Subscribers Hit 0.9 Million Mark

At the end of fiscal year 2009-2010 broadband Internet users in Pakistan have reached 900,648 and are expected to cross 1 million mark by the end of August 2010.

In its detailed stats made exclusively available to ProPakistani, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that Internet Service Providers added a total of 39,948 subscribers in June 2010 compared to 43,893 subscribers in May 2010.

Broadband growth rate has leaned down in previous three months but if history repeats itself, growth rate is expected to shoot up in coming months due to slashed rates.

Broadband penetration in the country reached at 0.52% at the end of April 2010 from 0.26% a year ago, showing 100 percent more penetration in one fiscal year.

Technology Wise Net Addition in Subscribers

PTA didn’t reveal company wise/Technology wise details of June 2010; however, it said that EvDO leaded from the front among the broadband technologies in terms of subscriber addition in May 2010 with a total of 19,804 net additions.

DSL ranked second in May 2010 with 12,390 new subscribers in its clan. HFC made a surprise entry at third spot with 7,569 new additions.

Over the year WiMAX performed well in terms of net addition in subscribers , however, in May 2010 WiMAX slipped at forth slot.

Company Wise Market Share of Broadband Subscribers

PTCL sits handsomely on the number one spot with 460,942 subscribers and a 55 percent market share combining its DSL and EvDO services. PTCL added the second highest number of subscribers, i.e. 18,869 in the month of May 2010.

As per PTA stats, Wateen is said to be at number two in terms of subscribers with 180,107 subscribers and 21 percent market share.

WorldCall added highest number of subscribers in May 2010 with a figure of 20,230 additions, its market share increased from 7% to 9%.

Wi-Tribe has been on the fast lane in terms of subscribers’ growth since its commencement, however, due to change in definition of active subscribers, wi-tribe cleaned 3,192 in-active subscribers in May 2010. Wi-Tribe is said to have 7 percent market share in terms of subscribers, while its share is expected to take a jump in June and July due to its summer offers.

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


  • Omer

    What is HFC? And, which operators are offering it?

    • Adeel

      Hybrid Fiber Coaxial. Basically it’s cable net. I think Nayatel is offering that and also FTTH (Fiber to the Home).

  • Ilyas @ Make Money Online

    Nayatel seems like a promising one. Do you have any idea if they are expanding to other cities?