3G Users in Pakistan Surpass 12 Million

Number of 3G/4G mobile phone users in Pakistan crossed 12 million mark till March 2015, said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

All mobile phone companies converted a total of 1.63 million of their subscribers to 3G network during the month of March, thus taking the total toll to 12 million.

Almost half of these new 3G subscriptions came through Zong that claims to have added over 800K users to its 3G network during March only.

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Mobilink added 259K new users to 3G network while Telenor added 383K users to 3G. Ufone managed to grab 192K users for 3G services.

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4G Users

According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, 4G users in Pakistan reached 97,722 in March 2014 — up from 68,184 a month ago.

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According to PTA stats, Zong added 24K new 4G users in month of March to take its total 4G users to 31,582.

Warid’s LTE users’ count stood strong at 66,140,

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


  • Its no surprise that LTE adaption is so low right now. I got a prepaid Zong SIM as soon as they started their 4G network, but never went through and ported over my primary number from Telenor since Zong’s voice network is very unreliable. You’d be hard pressed to get a call connected even in 10 attempts.

    Interestingly though, I used to get almost similar (around 20 Mbps down) speed on their HSPA+ and LTE network.

    • Naveed

      I am using Telenor and ZONG.. Telenor is for calls and ZONG is for internet but sometimes when I use ZONG for calls .. its not too bad at all.. :)

  • Maria

    aamir, can you please point towards the link from where you got these stats? Thanks

    • aamir7

      Available on PTA’s website.

      • Maria

        yes but they are different from what you have posted here, so I thought maybe you have some updated ones.

        • aamir7

          wohi hain, I have re-checked.

          • Maria

            yes thanks, sorry my bad. was counting 4G subscribers in the mix.

      • guest

        It’d be interesting to know how many unique 3G users there are. I’m sure theres a lots of double counting going on since 1 user can have multiple sims.

  • Shoaib

    Total 4G LTE customers are now reaching 1 lakh which is considerable achievement.A LTE connection performance is almost equivalent to FTTH connection.Well done Zong and Warid.

  • Ahmad Khan Sabri

    Aamir bhai May we get area coverage percentage of all networks 3G and 4G?

  • Shoaib

    China Mobile, Zong parent company has approximately 80 crore 3G connections in China while their 4G connections are approximately 2 crore. So LTE adoption rate is not low in Pakistan.It will gain momentum with passage of time.

  • I did something similar, I cannot switch over from Telenor but got myself a Zong 4G Wingle and it works very fine.

    Telenor 3G works fine in some areas but has way too many areas without coverage, even in the middle of city (Rawalpindi).

    • Shoaib

      It is just start.All 3G/4G Cellular operators are improving their quality of service consistently. Consumers will get maximum data volume at maximum speeds at affordable rates in near future from all 3G/4G cellular operators.Just wait and see.