3G/4G Users in Pakistan Reach 26.15 Million

Mobile phone users in Pakistan reached 129.85 million at the end of February 2016, after five mobile phone companies added a combined user base of 1.8 million customers during the reported month, said the data released by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

Mobilink leads the charts with 37.48 million customers while Telenor is closing in the gap with 36.02 million subscribers. However, after planned merger of Mobilink and Warid, Mobilink will be able to widen the lead with more than 48 million post-merger customers.

Zong has 24.86 million customers at the end of February 2016 while Ufone stood with 20.59 million customers till the time. Warid has a total of 10.9 million customers.

However the data shows that the number of 3G/4G users reached 26.19 million by end February, 2016 as compared to 24.709 million by end January, 2016 showing a reasonable growth in modern mobile broadband services with each passing month.

The number of 4G (Zong) users jumped from 416,676 subscribers in January 2016 subscribers to 481,730 by end February.

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  • Dear Aamir
    1. Are LTE Users also included while counting 3G users as LTE users also have to use 3G where LTE coverage falls?
    2. At the time of auction it was a clause that Licensees will have to roll out 4G services in areas specified by time and location. Isn’t VoLTE is a part of LTE services which atleast Zong has to roll out within specified time?

      • VoLTE might never come to Pakistan at all, the reason is outside Pakistan spectrum is auctioned as technology neutral not like Pakistan for 2g different, for 3g different and similarly different for 4g.

        • No, in the uk 3G and 4G licenses were sold sperately.
          02 and Vodafone had 2G had to bid for 3G and 4G specturum licenses.

          • I dont care what uk does !!! as the massive increase in demand for spectrum for mobile telephony, particularly as mobile internet’s development accelerates, has made it vital to optimize the use of radio frequencies, and one of the ways to achieve this is by way of technology-neutral spectrum licensing.

  • quantity has increased but quality diminished. lately experiencing worst LTE service from Zong.

  • the 800MHz band is especially well-suited for rural areas.The 800MHz band’s signal propagation requires less infrastructure than high-frequency bands to provide wide mobile coverage, so mobile broadband can be provided in rural areas at lower cost.The U.S. and Germany have also auctioned off spectrum that was previously used for analog terrestrial TV.

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