Broadband Subscribers in Pakistan Reach 3.35 Million

Broadband users in Pakistan crossed 3.35 million mark in January 2014, up from 3.02 million subscribers in October 2013, said recently issued stats from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.


Broadband operators — mainly the PTCL — added 317,481 subscribers on their networks in last three months.

Main contributors remained the EvDO technology, which acquired 256,543 new subscribers – or 80 percent of new broadband customers — in last three months. This was made possible through back to back aggressive offers from PTCL for EVO services.

Total number of customers on EvDO networks surged to 1.52 million, which account to 45 percent of marketshare in terms of broadband subscribers.

DSL remains the second top technology in terms of broadband subscribers with a total of 1.20 million subscriptions.

WiMAX companies, following the trend during last few months, didn’t perform anything and added mere 1,269 new subscribers in last three reported months. Total number of subscribers on broadband using WiMAX technology stood at 566,879.


PTA didn’t say anything on companies’ marketshare, however, it is evident that PTCL controls majority of broadband subscribers in the country with roughly 65 percent market share in terms of subscribers.

It is still unclear if churned customers were excluded from the stats or not. Market sources confirm that churn-rate of PTCL’s EVO customers has risen significantly due to attractive plans for new subscribers. It is often seen that customers with old plans discard their in-use EVO devices and get new ones.

Not to forget, PTA has recently hinted that it might implement single mobility rule for EvDO broadband subscribers after the auction of 3G/4G licenses, a move that can potentially write off 1.5 million EvDO subscribers from the records, which will shrink total broadband subscribers base to just 1.8 million users again.

Having said this, it must be noted that Pakistan’s broadband market is all set to grow exponentially after the planned auction of 3G/4G licences, which is just a few weeks away now.

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Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • If EvDO encompasses the V-PTCL also, then its a shame to term that 115kbps speed (which usually worked like 56kbps) as broadband.

    • Shame PTCL.. Fake speeds… so call 9.3 Mbps remain unable to even open google page…… y PTCL is doing with with people of pakistan?? pakistani’s money going in to others pockets…

      • Pro pakistani plz share the churn graph of PTCL customer.. perhaps PTCL don’t even aware of it as have no data…one port is configured will remain configured till end of universe and considered as a working user… only marketing… Dear Furqan Sb (CMO PTCL) please look in to it.. you need to revise your strategy this time as u can will customer once by marketing but not in the long run..just like wateen. only way to survive is to retain customer by giving them true 360 services

      • seems like ptcl is having ping and bandwidth sharing issues among users since 4mb upgrades
        Faisalabad is also under complaints attacks for slow browsing or no browsing complaints. PTCL office says they have called teams from Lahore, trying to fix issue since last 20 days.

    • well its only EVDO customers, no vfone users are included. You believe it or not. 1.5 million users would not like to pay if they don’t get better service. I use EVO and it work perfectly fine…

    • yea Right….. When the bandwidth gets distributed amongst several users, we’ll see the master piece internet speed

      • Perhaps, the number of users of PTCL drops and then they will engage to make their service excellent. The day is near, when top class competition will be hold among cellular companies. And every operator will try to give the customer top quality internet speed. Every one will be happy :)

        • they’ll try to give top quality speed but at a premium price or limited volume bundle…… not every user would have a luxury of 50GB volume bundle (which are prevalent with PTCL)…… not a fan of PTCL due to their bad tech support, however, 3G operators won’t be able to offer the same value proposition….

          • Agree! I know 3G bundle’s price will be sky high. But they will able to provide superior internet speed as compared to other broadband at limited data packages.

    • @disqus_ho5Sa2OsOt:disqus: You are luck that no EVO signals, it worst and pathetic and you have to pay 3000PKR for 40GB cap. InsaAllah 3G will give you a better speed.

      • better speed…. but what about the prices? would they be able to provide the same value proposition at the same price that PTCL is offering

        • Of course not! But the area where internet fast internet speed is not available, through 3G service, we will enjoy superior internet speed. We don’t want to download 50GB data per month, we want to chat with our family and friends.

  • Good to see broadband penetration go up.I own two evo and one ADSL connection, so i guess they are counting me thrice. I stopped using evo nitro and had gone for simple evo on 2014 new year offer.
    However, my primary connection is my LinkDotNet dsl and both times evo just disappointed me. Firstly, they don’t deliver the value they promise, secondly, all their offers are for only new customers. Finally they have pathetic ever tech support and tech staff.

  • how come the speeds of ev-do be improved. i m a telecom engineer and can you imagine the total bandwidth of their site is 8Mbps or 16Mbps or 25Mbps.

    how they can even think of providing 3.1 or 9.3 ? its all fake marketing. Ev-DO and its revisions such speeds, but you need to increase total site backhaul bandwidth

    • the same would be the case when 3G comes in….. its simple maths…. bandwidth would be divided amongst all the online users….. what makes you think it wont happen when 3G operators start offering high speed internet….

    • I think it is due to a number of users. When the number of user of EVO was less, at that time the speed of EVO was masterpiece.But now-a-day the number of users of EVO is crossing their limit (number of users per site), that is why the speed of EVO has become ruthless.

    • it is simply 3G and other 3G cell sites also have the same… 10-20 Mbps …
      But Evo has given a lot of customers to access internet with ease and comfort without having a land line with loooot of other charges other than DSL … evo is not best but good enough…

  • folks, who are like telecon touts are jealous with ptcl who going to launch LTE services soon, people need to pay high if they want better services no one can beat the ptcl prices and offered services under low budget packages,

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