Pakistan to Have 79 Million 3G Users by 2025: PTA

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is working on a framework with an aim to have more than 79 million 3G users by 2025 to make its ways to the top 10 markets with mobile broadband in the world.

In a document titled vision 2025, an ad hoc copy of which is available with ProPakistani, PTA is seen focusing on a connected society with enormous number of devices (smartphones and beyond) connected to the web in years to come.

According to estimates, each individual (from projected population of 226 million with median age 26.4 years in Pakistan by 2025) is likely to have 9.5 connected devices on average by 2025 to take the total count of connected devices to 2.1 billion units.

Pakistan to have more than 2.1 billion connected devices in a USD 17 billion per year market by 2025

This exponential rise in connected devices during next few years will hugely impact the society and the economy.

Report says that increase in connected devices will present an 11 times bigger market opportunity for telcos than what we have today for voice market in Pakistan. PTA sees revenues from connected devices to surpass both the Voice and Data by 2020.

The number of linked sensors, cameras, and complex peripheral devices are already exploding around us, and the industry will figure out new ways to blend these streams of information into a cohesive intelligence layer that will be able to interact with consumer’s daily lives, the report said.

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Pakistan mobile and related market will be over USD 17 Billion per year by 2025 up from the current USD 3.9 Billion per year, the estimated said.

As per estimates, there is a trillion dollar market opportunity for wireless industry revenues in different sectors such as energy, healthcare, science, transportation, retail and others.

The reaction of MNOs, Software Companies and others in the value chain to this opportunity will have important implications for their future success. Currently they have a clear opportunity to play a central role.

PTA said that it will create an encouraging environment for the telcos to offer extended OTT services to offer consumers value through product centric services in a collaborative framework.

This collaborative framework shall be supported by availability of additional spectrum, spectrum harmonization, spectrum re-organization, spectrum sharing, infrastructure sharing and other such regulatory interventions and facilitations.

PTA is likely to make this report public, with more details on how part, in next few weeks.

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