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Pakistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Pakistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: September 7, 2020 Content info: 137 Pages
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Two of Pakistan's MNOs complete 5G trials

Pakistan's telecom market has had to transition from a regulated state-owned monopoly to a deregulated competitive structure. The transition, and the development of the telecom sector generally, has been greatly aided by foreign investment.

Despite the government's promotion of internet services and the expansion of access nationally over the past decade, fixed broadband penetration remains very low. The fixed-line telephony market, dominated by Pakistan Telecommunications, is similarly underdeveloped, and the number of fixed lines is slowly declining as the mobile segment continues to expand. Many areas of the country, particularly in the northern regions, have very limited telecom services though the Universal Service Fund Company continues to address this with various projects, mainly geared at extending mobile broadband.

As in many countries in Asia, both businesses and government agencies in Pakistan are opening up to the benefits of third-party data centres for public, private and hybrid cloud deployments. Data centres have been established in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, while telcos managing data centres include Telenor, Zong, and Ufone.

The mobile market has experienced moderate growth over the last six years, supported by a young population and a rising popularity of mobile services. Slow to moderate growth is predicted over the next five years, though stronger growth will be constrained by local competition which has kept prices down and ARPU low.

Mobilink and Warid merged their operations into a single brand, Jazz, which reduced the number of mobile operators from six to five. Further market consolidation is anticipated over the next few years as the operating margins of the major operators come under further pressure.

In January 2020 Zong and Jazz completed 5G trials, having been awarded six-month licences. The capacity of LTE infrastructure and the lack of compelling user cases for 5G suggests that network operators are not yet pressed to launch commercial services.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments

  • Regulator postpones renewal of Telenor Pakistan's GSM licence due to COVID-19 crisis;
  • China-Pakistan Fiber Optic Project becomes operational;
  • Jazz reported having 19.1 million LTE subscribers, completes 5G trials;
  • Universal Service Fund (USF) and Ufone sign contract to provide broadband coverage for the Makran Coastal Highway;
  • Report update includes operator data to Q2 2020, regulator's market data to July 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

Pakistan Telecommunication (PTCL); Ufone (PTML, PTCL's subsidiary); Telenor Pakistan; Warid Telecom; Zong; WorldCall; TeleCard; PakNet; Wateen Telecom (subsidiary of Warid Telecom); Mobilink; NayaTel; Wi-Tribe; National Telecommunications (NTC), Instaphone.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Regional Asian Market Comparison

Country overview

COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Market overview and analysis
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authorities
    • Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT)
    • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
    • National Telecommunications Corp (NTC)
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Access
    • Universal Service Fund (USF)
  • Mobile network developments
    • Spectrum auctions - 2014 - 2017
    • Mobile Termination Rate
    • SIM card registration
    • Mobile phone tax

Mobile market

  • Market overview and analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • Statistics by operator
    • Jazz
    • Ufone
    • Telenor Pakistan
    • Zong
    • Special Communication Organisation (SCO)
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile content and applications
    • m-commerce / m-banking

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Market analysis
  • Broadband statistics
  • Fixed broadband service providers
    • Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL)
    • StormFiber
  • Fixed broadband technologies
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) Networks
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Fixed wireless
    • Other fixed broadband services

Digital economy

  • e-Commerce
  • e-Government
  • e-Education
  • e-Health

Fixed network operators

  • Fixed network subscribers by operator
  • Pakistan Telecommunication Compnay (PTCL)
  • WorldCall group
  • TeleCard
  • Wateen Telecom

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • Fixed line statistics
  • Fibre networks
  • International infrastructure
    • Satellite networks
    • Submarine cable networks
    • International gateways
    • International fibre optic links
  • Data centres
  • Smart infrastructure
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Smart cities
    • Smart grids

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Pakistan - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Development of telecom revenue by category -- 2010 - 2019
  • Table 3 - Development of telecom investment by type - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 4 - Development of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in telecoms - 2008 - 2019
  • Table 5 - Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
  • Table 6 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 7 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers (regulator data) - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 8 - Growth in the number of LTE subscribers by operator - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 9 - Change in the number of 3G subscribers by operator - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 11 - Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 12 - Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 13 - Annual change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator - 2015 - 2019
  • Table 14 - Increase in the number of Jazz's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 15 - Development of Jazz's financial data ($ million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 16 - Development of Jazz's financial data (PKR billion) - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 17 - Development of Jazz's mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 18 - Change in the number of Ufone's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 19 - Growth in the number of Telenor Pakistan's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 20 - Development of Telenor Pakistan's mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 21 - Development of Telenor Pakistan's financial data - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 22 - Growth in the number of Zong's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 23 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 24 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by access type - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 25 - Change in the market share of fixed broadband subscribers by access type - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 26 - Annual change in the number of broadband subscribers by type - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 27 - Change in the number of cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 28 - Change in the number of DSL broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 29 - Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 30 - Decline in the number of WiMAX subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 31 - Development of e-banking payment systems - 2017 - 2019
  • Table 32 - Fixed local line subscribers by minor operator - 2018
  • Table 33 - Fixed-line (WLL) subscribers by operator - June 2018
  • Table 34 - Development of PTCL's financial data - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 35 - Change in the number of PTCL's fixed line subscribers - 2009 - 2018
  • Table 36 - Development of WorldCall's financial data - 2017 - 2019
  • Table 37 - Decline in the number of fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 38 - Increase in international internet bandwidth - 2010 - 2018
  • Table 39 - Historic - Telecom revenue (PKR million) by category -- 2004 - 2009
  • Table 40 - Telecom investment - total and mobile - 2004 - 2009
  • Table 41 - Historic - Mobile subscribers - 1995 - 2005
  • Table 42 - Historic - Telenor Pakistan mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 43 - Historic - fixed-line subscribers and penetration - 1991 - 2006
  • Table 44 - Historic - Instaphone (Pakcom) subscribers - 2000 - 2010
  • Table 45 - Historic - Internet Users and Penetration - 2007 - 2016
  • Table 46 - Historic - PTCL broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
  • Table 47 - Historic - Jazz mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2009
  • Table 48 - Historic - Warid Telecom subscribers - 2005 - 2016
  • Table 49 - Historic - Ufone mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2009
  • Table 50 - Historic - Zong mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2009
  • Table 51 - Historic - International internet bandwidth - 2004 - 2009
  • Table 52 - Historic - Cable modem subscribers - 2008 - 2009
  • Table 53 - Historic - DSL broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 54 - Historic - Fibre broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2009
  • Table 55 - Historic - WiMAX subscribers - 2008 - 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 2 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 3 - Telecoms Maturity Index - Central Asia
  • Chart 4 - Development of telecom revenue (PKR billion) by category -- 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 5 - Development of telecom investment by type ($ million) - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 6 - Development of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in telecoms - 2008 - 2019
  • Chart 7 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 8 - Growth in the number of LTE subscribers by operator (million) - 2016 - 2020
  • Chart 9 - Change in the number of 3G subscribers by operator (million) - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 10 - Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 11 - Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator (million) - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 12 - Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 13 - Increase in the number of Jazz's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 14 - Development of Jazz's financial data ($ million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 15 - Development of Jazz's financial data (PKR billion) - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 16 - Change in the number of Ufone's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 17 - Growth in the number of Telenor Pakistan's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 18 - Development of Telenor Pakistan's mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Development of Telenor Pakistan's financial data (NOK million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - Growth in the number of Zong's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 21 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 22 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by access type - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 23 - Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by access type - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 24 - Annual change in the number of broadband subscribers by type - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 25 - Change in the number of cable broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 26 - Change in the number of DSL broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 27 - Change in the number of fibre broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 28 - Decline in the number of WiMAX subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 29 - Development of PTCL's financial data (PKR million) - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 30 - Change in the number of PTCL's fixed line subscribers - 2009 - 2018
  • Chart 31 - Decline in the number of fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Key market characteristics by market segment
  • Exhibit 2 - Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
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