The introduction of 3G/4G in Pakistan has helped bring the wonders of the internet to millions of people.
However, mobile internet tends to be on the expensive side and if you belong to a household with multiple internet users, you know that lots of video streaming happens, and even several gigabytes are downloaded daily. This makes mobile internet prohibitively expensive. It’s also a major reason why people still use broadband connections.
Why Broadband Internet is Preferred
Broadband or fixed household connections usually bring the added benefit of unlimited downloads and stable download speeds. Before 3G/4G, it used to be our only pathway to internet connectivity but since then it’s a relatively slower means of internet access.
Now that mobile internet is so fast, home broadband connections are also required to offer higher download speeds along with traditional unlimited download caps.
ProPakistani has compiled a list of broadband service providers which provide the fastest internet speeds in Pakistan. Take a look at the best option for you depending on your area.
Note: The list only includes ISPs which offer a download limit of at least 50GB per month. ISPs are mentioned based on their fastest internet package regardless of any limitations due to area, variations in actual speed or any other factors.
Offering fiber optic broadband services in area of Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore and Faisalabad, Fiberlink claims to be the fastest ISP in Pakistan.
Fiberlink offers speeds of up to 200mbps to household users. Starting at Rs. 1,500 for 12mbps, customers get to choose from several packages including 20mbps (Rs. 2,000), 40mbps (Rs. 2,500), 100mbps (Rs. 4,000), 150mbps (Rs. 4,500) and 200mbps (Rs. 4,800).
That’s not all, the speed doubles during the night (2:30AM to 9:00AM), even for the 200mbps package. Those who pay for the whole year upfront also get additional discounts on the monthly bill.
More details can be viewed at the company’s website.
PTCL is the largest internet service provider in Pakistan and is by far the most accessible and most used one in the list. The semi-government company has a strong fiber backbone including its own undersea cables.
The company relies on its dated copper network to provide one of the fastest internet connections in the country. It relies on multiple lines but is able to offer speeds of up to 100mbps to the average consumer.
Customers get to choose from 20mbps, 30mbps, 50mbps and 100mbps for a price between Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 20,000 plus taxes.
PTCL also offers free PTCL Smart TV (and Smart TV App), free unlimited on-net calls and access to its multimedia repository.
PTCL CharJi mobile broadband devices are also good options for users as they come with theoretical speeds of up to 36mbps and unlimited bandwidth.
Optix aims to offer its “next generation superfast fiber services” across the country and currently offers fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) to households in Lahore and Karachi.
Customers get to choose between single play and triple play packages (TV, Phone, Internet) starting at 2mbps (Rs. 1,350 for single play, Rs. 1,850 for triple play) and go all the way up to 60mbps (Rs. 6,599 for single play, Rs. 6,899 for triple play).
Prices vary accordingly and can be viewed at the company’s website here.
StormFiber claims to be Pakistan’s most reliable fiber backed home broadband service provider in Pakistan. Customers certainly seem to back the company’s claims but that’s not something we can judge right now.
The Cybernet subsidiary currently offers its home based services in select areas of Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad. Customers get to choose between broadband speeds of 10mbps (Rs. 1,999), 20mbps (Rs. 2,999) and 30mbps (Rs. 3,999).
Stormfiber users also get access to telephony and HD TV services complementing the fiber back broadband packages. More information is available here.
Nayatel is available in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad offering FTTH services to thousands of customers across these cities. The company is well known for its triple play packages and good support service.
Buyers get a standard download speed of 7mbps across all of its packages, which are generally accompanied by download caps during peak hours. During off-peak hours and weekends, users get unlimited downloads at higher speeds of up to 12mbps depending on the package.
The ISP also offers a separate 10mbps channels with unlimited YouTube streaming all day long. The triple play package includes standard telephony and SD or HD television. More details are available here.
Worldcall is an old player in the Pakistani ISP market, however, the company has now restricted its consumer services to just Lahore and Karachi.
Users get to choose from speeds of up to 10mbps at affordable rates. All connections make use of the company’s fiber optic network.
1mbps starts at Rs. 699 with unlimited downloads while the top package offers 10mbps for Rs 3,500 with free cable TV. Package details are available here.
Honorary Mention – Wi-Tribe
Wi-tribe offers wireless broadband solutions for residential customers. Until now, the company’s portfolio was limited to packages with top speeds of up to 5mbps. However, Wi-tribe has successfully tested LTE-A based connections which enable it to offer speeds of up to 200mbps.
The new faster packages are expected to become available very soon.
Which ISP are you using for home and office purposes? How satisfied are you with it? Sound off below.