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Broadband subscribers including for 3G, 4G cross 44.32m

Broadband subscribers including for 3G, 4G cross 44.32m

ISLAMABAD: The total broadband subscribers including for 3G and 4G services have crossed around 44.32 million mark in the country, registering a reasonable growth rate with each passing month.

As per latest figures issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), major contribution has been made in shape of 3G and 4G subscribers by Mobile Phone Operators which reached 41.73 million by May this year.

The number of broadband subscribers in other technologies included DSL 1,531,428, HFC 52,096, Wimax 171,011, FTTH 42,611, EvDO 786,211 and other 9,264 subscribers.

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.

Meanwhile, country’s largest mobile phone operator, Mobilink has overtaken its competitors to become the number-one (No.1) 3G/4G player after official figures were released by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Jazz subscribers base was 12.5 million 3G and 0.895 4G till the period mentioned.

A senior official of the Company said key to this leading position is consistent investment to further innovate on behalf of subscribers by delivering not just the best 3G/4G and voice network, but also improvements in customer service, and product lines. As per statistics, the 3G subscribers of Zong have now extended to 8.67 million and 3.83 4G users by end of May 2017.

The number of Telenor 3G subscribers was 10.473 million and 519,788 4G users till the period mentioned above. An increase has also been observed in Ufone subscribers base, reaching 4.83 million 3G users by May 2017 from 4.74 million till April this year.