The number of 3G subscribers, for the first time since the launch, decreased by around 0.2 million to reach 29,530,254 in June 2016 against 29,748,666 3G subscribers from May 2016, said recently issued stats from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.
The report that was released with a delay revealed that Mobilink 3G subscribers decreased from 9,261,146 in May to 8,919,218 by end June while Ufone 3G subscribers decreased from 5,326,429 in May to 5,223,096 by end June 2016.
When contacted PTA senior officials for their view point on the decline of 3G subscribers, said, “we are not sure but there may be mistakes in the figures and will have to check them”. The number of 3G subscribers is on the rise in the country and a decline is out of question, officials’ maintained.
According to PTA report, the number of Zong, and Telenor reached 5,988,197 and 8,371,991 by end June 2016 against 5,921,890 and 8,278,048 by end May respectively. Warid LTE subscriber reached 347,132 by end June against 330,876 during this period.
The number of 4G (Zong) users jumped from 630,277 subscribers in May 2016 subscribers to 680,620 by end June 2016.
According to PTA report, Mobile phone users in Pakistan reached 133.24 million by end June 2016, after five mobile phone companies added a combined user base of 0.22 million customers during the reported month.
The combined user base of mobile companies registered a further decline and remained at 0.22 million in June against 0.37 million during the month of May 2016. Analysis show that the number was 1.65 million by end December 2015, 2.14 million by January 2016, 1.8 million by February, 1.56 million by end March and 1.24 million by April 2016.
Mobilink leads the charts with 39,118,521 customers while Telenor is closing in the gap with 38,020,771 subscribers. However, after merger of Mobilink and Warid, Mobilink is able to widen the lead with more than 50 million post-merger customers.
Zong has 25,251,329 customers at the end of June 2016 while Ufone stood with 19,833,670 customers till the time. Warid has a total of 11,017,174 customers.
Mobile teledensity reached 69.12 percent and Broadband subscribers increased to 32,415,339 during the period under review.