AS 5G NEARS, 3G/4G SUBSCRIBERS SURPASS 64 MILLION MARK

Pakistan has always been a little late to the party when it comes to the introduction of the latest advancements in connectivity. 3G and 4G were also introduced quite a while after the world had become used to the technologies and probably would be the same with 5G, with a lot of delays already happening with its initial launch. 34/4G subscribers surpass 64 million mark.

According to the latest stats, the number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan reached 64.57 million by end February 2019, said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

Number of mobile phone users in Pakistan reached 156.92 million by end February compared to 153.302 million by end January 2019, which registered an increase of 3.698 million during the period under review.

Jazz’s total count for 3G users stood at 13.714 million by end February compared to 13.72 million by end January, registering a decrease of 0.006 million. Jazz 4G user numbers jumped from 7.606 million by end January to 8.144 million by end February.

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Zong 3G subscribers increased from 8.660 million by end January 2019 to 8.738 million while the number of 4G users jumped from 10.443 million by end January to 11.026 million by end February.

The number of 3G users of Telenor network decreased from 8.917 million by end January to 8.851 million by end February. The number of 4G users jumped from 5.227 million by end January to 5.569 million by end February.

Ufone added 0.079 million 3G users on its network during the month of January as the total reached to 8.418 million by end January compared to 8.339 million by end December. PTA has not released the data for February for Ufone.

Considering Pakistan’s population, this figure of 64.57 million still seems to be a little low with a lot of secluded areas still not receiving the best of these technologies. Additionally, there has been delay in the licence provisions by the government.

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