Technology

ISLAMABAD (APP) – The 3G and 4G subscribers in the country have crossed 20 million mark, registering a reasonable growth rate with each passing month.


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In September this year highest growth rate of 14.43 per cent was registered in 3G/4G subscribership by cellular companies which have added 2.22 million 3G/4G subscribers.

At GSMA conference, a senior PTA official revealed that total broadband subscribrship has reached around 23.6 million including mobile broadband.

The number of broadband subscribers in other technologies are DSL 1,563,321 users, HFC 43,929 users, Wimax 245,284 users, FTTH 20,549 users, EvDo 1,273,184 users and others 6,160 users.

Meanwhile, telecom indicators by Pakistan Telecommunication Authorities (PTA) have showed that among the mobile phone companies, Mobilink stands first by adding 878,107 3G subscribers in September
followed by Ufone that added 637,131 in its 3G family in the same month.

Telenor is at number-3 which brought 393,969 new 3G users to this count, whereas Zong registered as CMPak, the only company having both 3G & 4G technology license, added 349037 subscribers to
third-generation and fourth generation technology network.

Warid authorized for only 4G LTE technology, could add 16930 users to this network during September 2015.

Experts of telecom industry are having a viewpoint that portable mobile broadband devices like MiFi and Wingles are one of the main reasons of this growth in 3G/4G subscribers and many more will follow this trend in upcoming days.

In the context of upcoming 3G/4G auctions for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) regions, these stats are really encouraging for the mobile phone companies which depict the increasing demand of these technologies across the country.