The number of cellular subscribers as well as teledensity declined for the third consecutive month in Pakistan during October 2022, according to data shared by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The number of cellular subscribers in Pakistan decreased by 0.63 million to 193.51 million by end-October compared to 194.14 million by end-September 2022.
However, official sources say that PTA initiated multiple fingers’ biometric verification activity for stronger SIM authentication and to counter the issue of illegal SIM sales at the franchise/resellers level. The exercise of stricter biometric verification is the likely reason for the decline in illegal SIM issuance by operators and the corresponding decline in cellular subscribers.
The teledensity for cellular mobile decreased from 87.98 percent by end-September to 87.62 percent by end-October 2022. The total teledensity decreased from 89.17 percent by end-September to 88.81 percent by end-October.
The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan increased by 0.09 million from 120.59 million by end-September to 120.68 million by end-October 2022. The monthly Next Generation Mobile Service (NGMS) penetration decreased from 54.65 percent by end-September to 54.6 percent by end-October.
Jazz’s total count for 3G users declined from 5.456 million by end-September to 5.225 million by end-October registering a decrease of 0.231 million. Jazz 4G users jumped from 40.485 million by end-September to 40.677 million by end-October.
Zong 3G subscribers decreased from 2.933 million by end-September to 2.855 million by end-October, while the number of 4G users increased from 30.571 million by end-September to 30.823 million by end-October 2022.
Telenor 3G subscribers decreased from 3.260 million by end-September to 3.158 million by end-October while the number of 4G users of Telenor also decreased from 22.534 million by end-September to 22.450 million by end-October.
Ufone 3G users stood at 3.087 million by end-October compared to 3.219 million by end-September. The number of 4G users of Ufone increased from 10.703 million by end-September to 10.973 million, registering a 0.27 million increase during the period under review.