Emerging Pakistan

Turkmenistan and Pakistan have agreed to enhance cooperation in digital connectivity and fiber optic link

Source of the news: https://www.pta.gov.pk/en/media-center/single-media/ambassador-of-turkmenistan-calls-on-chairman-pta-240920


Islamabad (September 23, 2020): The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Pakistan, His Excellency, Mr. Atadjan Movlamov called on Chairman PTA, Maj General Amir Azeem Bajwa (R) at PTA Headquarters, Islamabad.

The Ambassador and Chairman PTA discussed matters of mutual interest including the proposed fiber optic link between Turkmenistan and Pakistan with reference to Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Chairman PTA emphasized Pakistan’s geostrategic location which has made it a principal gateway to the Central Asian Republics for digital connectivity.

The Ambassador and Chairman PTA agreed to have enhanced cooperation in digital connectivity initiatives, and to continue discussions on topics of mutual interest and benefit.

Pakistan’s 3G, 4G users have increased to 84.81 million by end of August 2020


Source of the news: https://www.techjuice.pk/3g-and-4g-users-have-increased-by-2-million-from-july-to-august-2020/


The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan has reached 84.81 million by end of August 2020, as compared to 82.76 million at the end of July, registering an increase of 2.05 million or 2.48%, said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The overall number of mobile phone users in Pakistan also registered an increase of 0.95 million users, as total mobile phone users at the end of August were 168.97 million as compared to 168.04 million at July end. Monthly Next Generation Mobile Service (NGMS) penetration increased from 39.25 percent in July to 40.95 percent in August 2020.

As far as individual mobile network providers are concerned, Jazz’s total count for 3G users stood at 10.247 million by the end of August down from 10.480 million by the end of July, showing a decrease of 0.233 million. However, Jazz 4G user numbers jumped from 19.982 million by the end of July 2020 to 21.068 million by the end of August 2020.

Zong’s 3G subscribers also decreased from 6.314 million by July 2020 to 6.118 million in August while its 4G users jumped from 18.131 million from July 2020 to 18.777 million by August.

The number of 3G users of Telenor decreased from 6.790 million in July to 6.665 million by August. The number of 4G users jumped from 11.583 million in July 2020 to 12.250 million by August.

Ufone’s 3G users decreased from 5.258 million by the end of July to 5.148 million by the end of August. The number of 4G users of Ufone increased from 4.221 million by the end of July 2020 to 4.534 million by the end of August.
Teledensity for cellular mobile increased from 79.21 percent from July to 79.65 in August. The broadband subscribers increased from 83.17 million to 84.82 million.

PTA received 8,961 complaints from telecom consumers against different telecom operators including (cellular operators, PTCL, LDIs, WLL operators, and ISPs) as of August 2020. PTA said that it was able to get 8,807 complaints resolved i.e. 98 percent.

According to PTA data, Jazz leads the chart with 2,949 complaints and Zong at the second position as the most complained telecom operator with 2,373.

Cellular mobile subscribers constitute a major part of the overall telecom subscriber base, therefore, the higher number of complaints belong to this segment. The total number of complaints against CMOs by August stood at 8,086.

In terms of the segregation of complaints on operator basis, 36.47 percent of the total CMO related complaints were about Jazz.

Zong stood second with 2,373 complaints i.e. 29.34 percent of total complaints. Telenor, which has the second-largest number of consumers, was third with 1554 i.e. 19.21 percent complaints were received against it.
Ufone had 1,172 complaints against its various services which make up 14.49 percent of the total CMO related complaints.

PTA also received 186 complaints against basic telephony and 176 of them were addressed during August 2020. Further 676 complaints were received against ISPs out of which 615 were addressed.

Pakistan Space Centre (PSC) facility to be established for development of satellites




Pakistan will establish an indigenous facility for development of satellites in accordance with international space standards under annual development plan for the next year.

The facility, Pakistan Space Centre (PSC), will have capability to carry out manufacturing, testing, system level assembly, integration, launch and operations of various types of satellites.

As per Information and Communication Technology Annual Plan 2018-19, the Pakistan Multi-Mission Satellite will cater to demand of Direct-To-Home, High-Throughput Services (HTS)/Broadband Internet and Strategic SATCOM.


Source:  http://www.radio.gov.pk/20-05-2018/govt-to-establish-indigenous-facility-for-development-of-satellites


Pakistan is one of Asia’s fastest-growing internet markets



There are over one million people coming online via their phones every month in Pakistan, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The total number of internet users in the South Asian country currently stands at 35.1 million, representing 18 percent of the 194 million population. That means large swaths are still offline and are likely to be brought into the fold as broadband coverage expands across the country.

For perspective, the entire population of Australia is 23.1 million. Malaysia and Singapore stand at 30 million and 5.4 million respectively.

In terms of sheer population density, Pakistan is the fourth-largest country on the Asian continent – behind Indonesia, India, and China.

The numbers have been put together by digital marketing agencies Hootsuite and We Are Social.

Their presentation states that internet users in Pakistan swelled by 20 percent in 2016. Active social media users grew even more rapidly – registering growth of 35 percent year-on-year.

The global average stood at 10 percent for increase in internet users and 21 percent in social media profiles.

And Pakistan’s just like any other emerging market – the overwhelming majority of web traffic is via mobile. Newest data shows mobile phones account for 70 percent of the overall action – a 13 percent increase from last year. The share of PCs sits at 27 percent after declining by a meaty 22 percent since 2015.

In 2015, it was estimated that Pakistan’s mobile phone market was worth around US$840 million. But this figure only accounts for phones imported via legal channels. A substantial amount – especially high-end models – are brought into the country through the grey market.

The country’s obsession with phones isn’t going to die down anytime soon