Pakistan Gets 5 Million 3G Users

Mobile phone companies in Pakistan have continued to show growth for their 3G subscriptions, which surged to 4.962 million at the end of November 2014. Meaning that 5 million benchmark would have been achieved by the sector as of today.

It is said to be an impressive number with-in first six months of the launch of 3G services in the country.

With Zong topping the chart, 3G users increased for all four operators of cellular phone industry.

According to details made available by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) late on Monday, a total of 1.20 million users were added to 3G network in November 2014, whereas the numbers for 4G users stood below 1,500 subscriptions because of limited coverage being offered by Zong, the only 4G till previous month.

Zong managed to grab its top position in 3G market with subscribers’ number reaching 1.688 million at the end of November 2014.

The outstanding growth of Zong 3G subscribers depicted its aggressive sales strategy though the launch of its services were quite delayed compared with different market players.

Mobilink having biggest subscriber base in 2.5G users is standing at second position with 1.443 million users.

Telenor had 1.182 million 3G users at the end of reported period.

Ufone stood last with its 646,949 3G customers.

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Also Read: Telcos Denounce PTA’s 3G Figures

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Mobilink claims to provide 3G services in 24 cities whereas Telenor claims have stretched its 3G footprint in in 55 cities so far.

The growth of subscribers reflects the penetration of operators in different cities however the experience and utility of services could not be determined by these numbers.

See more in below graphs:

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Embarrassing 4G Stats

Zong that launched 4G service in the end of September this year witnessed slower addition in 4G users, which stood at just 1,452 at the end of November 2014.

It is obvious that 4G is the latest technology in the country but the adaptation is limited on the network of Zong.

Warid Telecom launched its 4G LTE service a few days back and it sets to compete with Zong in 4G market with slightly lesser competition as compared with 3G market.

With extremely low number for 4G subscribers on Zong, Warid has an opportunity to speed up its network up-gradation to become Number One operator in 4G sector in Pakistan.

On the other hand, Zong is also working on 4G network deployment to grab the maximum subscribers in the specific high-end market.

The race has begun.


  • Well Wisher

    What is there criteria for calculating?

    A consumer who has connected atleast once to 3G network or is a regular user of 3G? What’s the authenticity of these figures??

    • eyescreaman

      Criteria: A subscriber have used 3g services in the past 90 days.

      Authenticity: PTA

      • DJ

        So every user who has 3G enabled Set he/She Is user of that particular company .. because normally 3G is enabled on each sim by default and 3G handset will switch 3G automatically ..
        “woh bad main banda kahta hai Oo Band kar band kar 3G Maira balance ur gya”
        But unfortunately he is 3G user as per PTA and telecom industry – Sadqe

        • Bilal Iqbal

          3g can also be used for voice only. Data is not must…

    • 3G Analyst

      3G customers ki legs count kar k 2 se divide kar detay hain….

  • Hate Ufone!

    I am so disappointed at Ufone, every single person I know uses Ufone including me, with all the exciting packages, a Ufone user would never port out!
    But its such a disappointment that Ufone launched its 3G long after every other network had already implemented 3G!
    Ufone has the worst 3G coverage ever!
    I live in hyderabad and every network is providing its 3G services since the past 4 months already and I still have to live with the stupid E sign on the status bar!

    • ahsan

      Well i am satisfied with Ufone services. Ufone is expanding its 3G services, I hope it will be available in Hyderabad soon.

      • Muhammad Abrar Ali

        YES UFONE IS FOR BELOW THE COVERAGE AND PACKAGES BUT AS ALWAYS UFONE GAIN MOMENTUM BY SLOW MOVE AND PROVIDE US THE BEST PACKAGE W8 DEAR. YAAD HE 256KBPS BASE PACKAGE THA AB WO 512KBPS HO CHUKA HE AUR DATA RATES B 1.5GB @250/MONTH WITH 5000SMS AND MMS NO ONE IS GIVING THESE. W8 AND SEE THE 2015 IS 3G RACE YEAR SO I WILL SUGGEST U GUYS BE PATIENCE WILL BE THERE WITH BEST APCKAGE FOR 3G DATA HUNGRY USERS LIKE. WHERE U CAN SEE FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP IS TOTALLY FREE BY UFONE NO ONE IS GIVING IT FREE AS UFONE. SO W8 AND SEE. WILL HIT THE FLOOR IN 2015

    • Bilal Iqbal

      Also they capped speed. Cosyly packages…poor coverage..

  • tahir

    What mobilink have 2.5G instead of 3G??

    • Muhammad Abrar Ali

      GHATTYA TAREEN 3G IS MOBILINK IN PUJAB BUT FOR BETTER IN SINDH. BUT HOPE ARE WILL PLAY GOOD

  • HassaanM

    Well that abysmal 4G uptake is due to the auction timing. The 3G should have been auctioned at least 3 years prior to the 4G auction but instead our inept government auctioned them belatedly, and together for a few $$. Not many are interested in a costlier and less readily available alternative. But I guess, the numbers will change once Warid gets going because its subscribers base has mostly been dormant in the 3G/4G game, up till now.

  • Ahmiq

    Anyone knows how much Data BW all these subscribers are using at the backbone?

  • Saqib

    I must have been counted as a 3G user too, though I just used it for one minute only (literally) since it has been launched.

  • Rehmat Ali

    Whats wrong with UFONE? So less 3G users. And amazing to see the figures of Zong. CHINA wale cha gaye hain

    • Muhammad Ashraf

      i am ufone users since 10 years, the first time I feel that I must have to port out from ufone because of their stupid 3g service

      • Muhammad Abrar Ali

        DUDE W8 FOR DATA PACKAGES BY UFONE. BY THE WAY 5GB 5000 SMS AND 5000 MIN @ RS 60/5DAYS IS NOT A BAD DEAL ON THE WHOLE YOU GET MONTHLY WE GET 30GB, 30000MIN AND 30000SMS FOR JUST RS 360+TAX IS BEST DEAL BY UFONE

        • Muhammad Ashraf

          Data speed is 2g, or 512kbps

          • Muhammad Abrar Ali

            1MB

            • Muhammad Ashraf

              I don’t like 1 mb look other offering endless speed

              • Muhammad Abrar Ali

                ENDLESS DATA IS NOT MORE THAN 8GB ANY OTHER OPERATOR IS GIVING DUDE

                • Muhammad Ashraf

                  dude I wrote endless speed not endless volume

                  • NSN

                    Its time to port bro.Warid is the best as per my experience

                    • Muhammad Ashraf

                      I am not agreed with you, the coverage is very limited further It should be good in a case when they have 3g network but when u use 4g and drop to 2.5g its like falling from sky

                  • Muhammad Abrar Ali

                    speed matters on cell site of every operator

                    • Muhammad Ashraf

                      uncle ufone has imposed speed limits theu cant go beyond 3 Mbps

                • Bilal Iqbal

                  Advocate of ufone. Look mobilink. Telenor offering unlimited daily offers..telenor average speed is 3-5 mbps. Daily 5gb/8 rupee. Unlimited/50 rupee. Mobilink 30gb package.. and u happy with crappy by ufone. Lol

                  • Muhammad Abrar Ali

                    he he yes i love my Pakistan and Ufone too. baaki me kisi ko kam ni kehta everyone has his own choice no one can beat Ufone in Packages even PTCL is free there too. Hai koi operator PTCL wala to btao my dear. No One Koi unlimited calls ni deta (specially ufone)

                    • Bilal Iqbal

                      Ptcl…. throwing my evo due to 3G of telenor. People porting out from ufone due to extra charging and endless marketing sms. This is about business and serviced. Pakistani company is now owned by etisalat ( uae). Lol

                    • Muhammad Abrar Ali

                      not 100% only 49% and untill full payment they are not owning. and lking free minutes for PTCL and vfone. lol

                    • Bilal Iqbal

                      26% controlling shares. And free minuts offers are offered by many operators…i dont know why you can’t accept realities…

                    • Muhammad Abrar Ali

                      no one gives the free minutes to talk on PTCL and vFone bilal iqobaal sb

                    • Bilal Iqbal

                      Thx to mention
                      But ptcl is also offering free minuts for home networks ( land line. Vfone and ufone) and the same is for others. Many offers are available for home network free minuts. How many of people do use ptcl… not me.. but figures describe the truth…celluler users vs landline users…

        • Boyesa

          Its speed its little bit better than there edge, I am using it from past 1 month this package is great but Ufone 3g speed and coverage is pathetic.

  • Abbas

    has anyone gone par this with zong 3g

    • adil

      How the heck u got this on 3G damn man

      • Salman Haider

        Zong super 3G on GT Road near UET Lahore

        • adil

          Which phone is this

          • Salman Haider

            Note 3

        • Jameel

          yar what zong package are u using? please do tell..

          • Abbas

            i m using employee special package 100rs per month unlimited for 3g and 250 rs per month unlimited for 4g

            • adnan

              Ye package mujhe bhi chahye

    • Hassan00107

      No way the hspda can support this kind speed it should be hspda+ to get this speed but your phone showing H I wonder you done it on 4G and changed to setting on 3G if its 3G then you would have no problem to showing speed test detail

      • adil

        Ansroid pe jab internet na use ho raha ho to h pe chala jata hai u should have known or u are apple user and my s3 does that so I can undoubtly say this

        • adnan

          Bilkul theek kaha aisa hi hota hai

        • Hassan00107

          Nope I am not apple user infact I hate apple my device is sony xperia t2 ultra dual aur mujhe aisa nahi lagta ke jab android pe internet na use ho raha ho to wo H pe chala jata hai aur jab use karo to H+ pe yeh to signal strength pe depend hai here is screenshot when my phone not using internet and still have H+

      • Abbas

        sir this is lg g2, lg mobiles never show h+ while if u check it thru settings then it will show hsdpa + only but it status bar it always show H, i have used lg nexus 5 it also show H only, but when u will check it thru setting there u will see hspda +

      • Abbas

        sir this is test detail and the other pic is the 4g test

        • Hassan00107

          Ok but have no idea how the heck you are getting this amazing speed

      • Abbas

        this is the 4g test

    • Faraz Masood Khan

      Which area?

      • Abbas

        johar town lahore block G

  • Sikandar Butt

    Telenor 3G is the best so far .. I have ported out my number from Warid to telenor ! Having a great experience of a good network, best packages, widest 3G coverage ! And i tried on every network .. My final recommendation is Telenor !!

    • Chaudhry Khalid

      same here

  • Bonga

    This is a meaningless statistic. What would be of interest is to know the number of active subscribers, average bandwidth/data usage, and average 3/4G ARPU. Another interesting fact would be the kind of Apps being used so it may be ascertained whether the service is being used for productivity or entertainment (killing time or boredom).

    Unfortunately, this statistic has become much like the exaggerated number of SIMs sold as reported by the operators —- never mind how many are being actively used!

  • Ammar

    Considering that you need an iPhone 5S or later, or an Android phone worth 40k or above (brand new) for 4G, chances are that growth will remain stagnant.

    • kaleem

      U can get nexus 5 below 40K brand new for 4G. Iphone 5 also supports 4G.

      • Ammar

        Only the CDMA version of the iPhone 5 supports Pakistani LTE bands.

        • Arsalan Shah

          iPhone 5 – A1429 comes in TWO variants, CDMA and GSM, BOTH OF WHICH SUPPORT 4G LTE, with Band 3 – 1800MHz. Have used the GSM Variant of iPhone 5 – A1429, hence can tell from my experience, therefore your statement is incorrect.

          • Ammar

            No you’re wrong here actually.
            https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

            According to this page the GSM version doesnt support band 3.

            • Arsalan Shah

              I have owned the GSM version for over an year, used it in the UK and Pakistan on 4G LTE, and sold it just recently as got an iPhone 6.

              P.S. LMFAO, I just checked the link YOU mentioned here.
              You seem a bit blind, pal :P

              The link you yourself gave states –

              iPhone 5
              Model A1429
              (GSM model)

              Band 1 (2100 MHz)
              Band 3 (1800 MHz) <<====
              Band 5 (850 MHz)

              Read the page again, the link states that the GSM variant DOES support Band 3 i.e 1800MHz, so what are you on about that the GSM version doesn't support Band 3? Are you high or something? At first when I saw the link I couldn't believe, because I MYSELF HAVE USED the GSM Variant on 4G LTE, in UK, Pakistan and partially in UAE & Australia. All on Band 3 – 1800MHz.

              • Ammar

                Here’s a screenshot of the page. I’ve no idea what you’re seeing that I’m not.

                http://imgur.com/p5mD3qz

                • Arsalan Shah

                  Please read my first COMMENT. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT Model A1428 – which is a US model. Even the best phones like HTC/Samsung/LG have different models for different countries.

                  I AM TALKING ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MODEL, A1429 AS I WROTE IN MY FIRST COMMENT. Plesae get away from A1428 and look for model A1429, and PLEASE READ MY FIRST COMMENT AGAIN AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND IT BEFORE COMMETING AGAIN.

                  Scroll down from Model A1429 CDMA, you WILL find A1429 GSM, and that will make you look like a fool as you have been arguing without reading my comment, or checking Apple’s website. I told you at first, I’ve even used this mobile, which doesn’t seems to convince you.

                • Arsalan Shah

                  Scroll down a bit. And PLEASE READ MY FIRST COMMENT AGAIN. iPhone Model A1429 COMES IN 2 VARIANTS, CDMA AND GSM! Please scroll down below CDMA.

              • Ammar

                Dude look clearly. The band 3 is written in front of the CDMA model. It’s clearly NOT written in front of the GSM model.

                • Arsalan Shah

                  Dude you’re blind.

        • kaleem

          Yup. U r right.

  • Shoaib

    It is just start and things are moving in right direction .The figure will cross 10 million in just 4 months.However consumers want quality service.The operators who will maintain quality will succeed in the long run.

  • adnan

    Ufone is best network :)

  • Chaudhry Khalid

    Zong have expansive 3G Packages, Then how zong is on top of the list?
    Telenor have a big 3G area & also have good 3G Packages . I don’t agree with these chart

    • Jameel

      true.. zong 3g pkgs r very expensive ..

  • adnan

    Ufone is the best network 5000MB+5000SMS+5000MINUTES
    for 5 days in 60 rupees *5050#

    • maxima

      You forgot to mention the sturggling speeds on 5MHZ band……max speed…..4 mbps……in most areas, you get less than 3 mbps day and night….Mobilink on the other hand, offers 5 to 10 mbps at all times with better 3g packages…Zong is losing it.

  • KHALID MAQSOOD

    Quality matters not quantity……That’s why Zong is on Top.

  • nasib

    Plse shangla belebaba me 3g start karlo