KARACHI: The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan has reached 49.5 million at the end of January 2018, 29 per cent higher than 38.269 million in the same month of the previous year, according to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The number of mobile phone users in Pakistan reached 146 million by the end of the month, up 6.5 per cent from 137.095 million in January 2017.
According to the PTA report, the total subscribers of Mobilink reached 54 million in January 2018, registering a growth of 6 per cent compared to 51.534 million users last year. The subscriber base of Zong and Telenor reached 30 million and 42 million, respectively, compared to 27.496 million and 39.586 million in the previous year.
Ufone subscribers registered a minimal increase as the number grew from 18.478 million to 19 million. The company is going through a rather stagnant growth as last year its subscribers declined from 18.478 by end December 2016.
As per PTA report, Jazz 4G LTE subscribers reached 2.2 million by end of January 2018 while its 3G subscribers reached 14.5 million.
Zong 4G LTE subscriber’s base reached 5.1 million and 3G increased to 9.1 million by end January 2018.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2018.