Pakistan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Pakistan’s telecom market had been struggling for a long time with the transition from a regulated state-owned monopoly to a deregulated competitive structure. Foreign investment has been an important factor in Pakistan’s telecom sector.

Despite the government’s promotion of internet and expansion of universal internet access to cities, towns and villages throughout the nation over the past decade, internet penetration has remained relatively low in global terms.

The fixed line market in Pakistan remains underdeveloped due to the dominance of the mobile segment. Further, the number of fixed telephone lines is slowly declining as the mobile segment continues to expand. The market is predicted to decline further over the next five years to 2023 as the mobile segment continues to grow for both voice and data/broadband usage.

The struggling fixed-line market in Pakistan is dominated by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL). The only other provider with a significant customer base is NTC.

Examples of IoT applications in Pakistan are solar-powered home services enabling rural households outside of the grid to power TV sets, mobile phone chargers and other electronic devices. Mobile operator Zong launched the ‘Zong 4G Smart Car’ solution in Islamabad.

Key developments:

  • Rapid roll out of 4G networks has seen strong uptake of mobile broadband.
  • The fixed line market remains underdeveloped due to the dominance of the mobile segment.
  • The fixed line market is predicted to decline further over the next five years to 2023.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd (PTCL); Ufone (PTML, PTCL’s subsidiary); Telenor Pakistan; Warid Telecom; Zong; WorldCall; TeleCard;

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
      • 4.1.1 Background
    • 4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
    • 4.3 Revenue and investment levels
    • 4.4 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authorities
      • 5.2.1 Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT)
      • 5.2.2 Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
      • 5.2.3 National Telecommunications Corp (NTC)
      • 5.2.4 North Waziristan Agency (NWA)
      • 5.2.5 Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
    • 5.3 Government policies
    • 5.4 Access
    • 5.5 Universal Service Fund (USF)
    • 5.6 Regulatory developments
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Fixed Network Subscribers by Operator
    • 6.2 Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)
    • 6.3 WorldCall group
    • 6.4 TeleCard
    • 6.5 Wateen Telecom
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 Fixed line statistics
      • 7.2.1 Payphones and Public Call Offices (PCOs)
    • 7.3 New developments
      • 7.3.1 Fibre Networks
      • 7.3.2 USF Telecentre Project
    • 7.4 International infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 Satellite Networks
      • 7.4.2 Submarine Cable Networks
      • 7.4.3 International gateways
      • 7.4.4 International Fibre Optic Links
    • 7.5 Specific IT developments
      • 7.5.1 Data Centres
  • 8. Smart Infrastructure
    • 8.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
    • 8.2 Smart Cities
    • 8.3 Smart Grids
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Top Level Country Statistics – 2018 (e)
  • Table 3 – Pakistan’s telecom revenues (PKR million) by category –- 2004 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Historic - Pakistan’s telecom investment – total and mobile - 2004 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Historic - Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in telecom sector – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 6 – ‘Fixed-line’ licences issued by PTA
  • Table 7 – Fixed local line subscribers by operator– 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line (WLL) subscribers by operator – 2017
  • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed-line (wireless) subscribers by operator – 2015
  • Table 10 – PTCL fixed-line subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Historic – fixed-line subscribers and penetration – 1991 - 2006
  • Table 12 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Fixed line subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 14 – Fixed wireless (WLL) subscribers – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 15 – Public Call Offices (PCOs) – 1999 – 2016
  • Chart 1 – Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2018; 2023
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 4 –Telecoms Maturity Index – Central Asia
  • Chart 5 - Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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Last updated 10 Oct 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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