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

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

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;


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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