Pakistan Gets 137.7 Million Mobile Phone Users, But We Doubt It!

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Today Pakistan Telecommunication Authority reported that cellular users in Pakistan reached 137,683,211 by the end of April 2014, however, there is a confusion in the stats that are being reported by regulator.

Keep reading to know the details.

On May 2nd 2014, PTA reported that cellular subscribers in Pakistan were 136.47 million till March 31st, 2014.

Later on, a week ago or so, PTA updated these stats and reported that subscribers by the end of March 2014 were 135.44 million instead of 136.47 million.

When we asked PTA about the difference in number of subscribers that it had corrected, the authority said that there was a rectification required in the stats, which was fixed accordingly.

Interestingly, the incorrect figure of 136.47 million (PTA had admitted that figure of 136.47 million was incorrect) is carried in recent stats again.

Check below table to understand the situation:

Jan-14Feb-14Mar-14 (Incorrect)Mar-14 (Corrected)Apr-14
Mobilink37,722,89337,775,10038,154,53438,154,53438,300,475
Telenor33,748,97535,210,94835,210,94835,210,94835,876,539
Ufone25,033,28524,557,84124,570,56324,570,56324,572,998
Warid12,821,45012,884,24512,939,42812,939,42812,951,259
Zong24,366,87924,901,38725,594,41324,561,98025,981,940
Total:133,693,482135,329,521136,469,886135,437,453137,683,211

 

As clear from the above table, corrected stats for March 2014 tell that there were 135.44 million subscribers by month end. As mentioned before, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority confirmed ProPakistani that there was a mistake in earlier reported stats and that corrected stats (of 135.44 million) should be considered as final.

If corrected stats are to be considered final, as communicated to us by PTA, then Pakistani telecom operators added 2.2 million subscribers in April 2014, which is hard fact for me to believe.

It merits mentioning here that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority reports these stats on monthly basis as per the information it receives from cellular companies. There is no cross check, counter confirmation or any kind of validation protocol available with the authority to authenticate these stats.

It merits mentioning here that cellular companies have to deposit SIM activation tax of Rs. 250 for each new connection they add to their networks. Meaning that cellular companies have to deposit Rs. 250 for each new acquisition as SIM activation tax. This tax is collected as per the stats they share with PTA and there’s no other check on the numbers that cellular operators report, or that PTA ultimately produces as officials stats for cellular subscribers in the country.

So if you have enough money to be deposited as SIM activation tax, then you can boost your numbers against a tax money. That’s it.

Having said this, Pakistan has now 137.68 million subscribers — on papers at least.

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


  • kaka

    and the winner is……?

    • Guest

      winner is you Mr. Kaka,
      fiker na faka aish ker KAKA

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      lo bhai mera coment as a guest ho gya :D

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    @aamir7:disqus bhai, choro na kia behas kerni..apko achi tara sy pta hai in stats ka..kitni bar to ap keh chukay kay pta ki website pay jo hota hum copy/paste ker dety :P
    or wese bhi ye stats active users kay hain ya total number of sim cards sold.
    kindly ye confirm ker dain muje.

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    @aamir7:disqus bhai, choro na kia behas kerni..apko achi tara sy pta hai in stats ka..kitni bar to ap keh chukay kay pta ki website pay jo hota hum copy/paste ker dety :P
    or wese bhi ye stats active users kay hain ya total number of sim cards sold.
    kindly ye confirm ker dain muje.

  • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

    @aamir7:disqus bhai, choro na kia behas kerni..apko achi tara sy pta hai in stats ka..kitni bar to ap keh chukay kay pta ki website pay jo hota hum copy/paste ker dety :P
    or wese bhi ye stats active users kay hain ya total number of sim cards sold.
    kindly ye confirm ker dain muje.

    • aamir7

      Total number of Sim card sold.

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        thank you bhai

        • KMQ

          tu phir 137.7 Million Mobiles users tu na hue na. Kia khayal hai Dr. sahab?

          • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

            bus g tukka he lagana paray ga ab exact to pta nhi kuch

            • Muhammad Aamir

              Agr 5 Sim ki limit na hoti to main apny ghar Sims ki ek bori to zaroor rakhta, kiyn ky yahan to sim 10 rupee sy 20 rupee main available han aur kiyn to muft hi..!! Agr ye haal hota to phir yahan 1 billion sims hoti aur ye article bhi kuch ajeeb sa rang liye hota Kya khyal hai :D

  • Ahmed

    Each user has more than 5 sims :P

  • Ahmed

    Each user has more than 5 sims :P

  • Mubasher Lucman

    Only I have 8 Sims