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Pakistan - Broadband Market, Internet Services and Forecasts

  • November 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 19 pages

Internet access has been available in Pakistan since the mid-1990s. PTCL started offering access via the nationwide local call network in 1995. Coming into 2015, despite the long incubation period, internet penetration in the country remained low, with only 15% of the population estimated to be users. There were signs that this was changing, however. The country has been pursuing an aggressive IT policy, aimed at boosting Pakistan's drive for economic modernisation.

Although sometimes the policies being applied seem inconsistent, there is no doubt that the government's general efforts have been helping increase the popularity of the internet. Of special significance has been the administration's provisioning of e-government services. Nonetheless, despite the huge potential of the local market, much work still needs to be done. Broadband access in particular remains limited (with a fixed broadband subscriber penetration of under 2% by 2015), but this sector of the market was finally starting to expand, having been given a massive boost with the arrival of mobile broadband.


This report looks at the development of the internet, including broadband, in Pakistan and provides some relevant statistics for the local market; there is also some information on the country's e-commerce market.

Key developments:

government efforts to exercise control over the internet continue to draw criticism;
the E-Government Strategy for 2012-2015 is ongoing, as Pakistan tries to lift its lowly ranking;
mobile broadband services have totally overwhelmed the fixed broadband sector of the market;
fixed broadband penetration was around 1% into 2015;
mobile broadband penetration was 10% at the same stage;
total fixed broadband subscriber numbers increased by more than 11% in the year to June 2015;
total mobile broadband subscribers grew by an estimated 100% over the same period.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd (PTCL); PakNet; Wateen Telecom (subsidiary of Warid Telecom); Mobilink; Trans World Associates (TWA); Micronet Broadband Ltd (MBL); NayaTel; LinkdotNet; Orascom; TeleCard; WorldCall; Mytel; Wi-Tribe; Qubee; Dancom Pakistan; National Telecommunications Corp (NTC).

Table Of Contents

Pakistan - Broadband Market, Internet Services and Forecasts
1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Internet and broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts Internet market 2015; 2017; 2020
2.3.1 Scenario forecasts
2.3.2 Notes on forecasting
2.4 Internet control and censorship
2.4.1 Developments
2.4.2 Background
2.5 ISP market
2.5.1 ISPs
3. E-services
3.1 E-commerce
3.1.1 Overview
3.1.2 E-commerce action plan
3.1.3 Developments
3.2 E-government
3.2.1 Overview
3.2.2 Developments
3.3 E-education
4. Broadband market
4.1 Overview
4.2 Background
4.3 National Telecommunications Corp (NTC)
4.3.1 Developments
4.3.2 Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)
4.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
4.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
4.6 Cable modem
4.7 Wireless broadband
4.7.1 WiMAX
4.7.2 Internet via satellite
4.8 Mobile broadband
5. Related reports

List of Tables

Table 1 Historical - internet users 1995 - 2005
Table 2 Internet users and user penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 3 Fixed internet subscribers 1997; 2000 - 2015
Table 4 Historical - dial-up internet subscribers 2005 - 2011
Table 5 Total broadband subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 6 Total broadband subscribers 2015
Table 7 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 9 Broadband subscribers and market share by technology September 2015
Table 10 Fixed broadband subscribers and households June 2015
Table 11 Mobile broadband subscribers 2015
Table 12 Total international internet bandwidth 2004 - 2015
Table 13 Forecast fixed broadband internet subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 14 Broadband subscribers by type 2009; 2012 - 2015
Table 15 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 16 PTCL broadband subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 17 DSL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 18 FttH subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 19 Cable modem subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 20 Wireless broadband subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 21 WiMAX subscribers 2008 - 2015

List of Charts

Chart 1 - Internet users 2006 - 2015
Chart 3 - Broadband Technology market share September 2015
Chart 4 - Broadband subscribers by type - 2009-2015Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd (PTCL), PakNet, Wateen Telecom (subsidiary of Warid Telecom), Mobilink, Trans World Associates (TWA), Micronet Broadband Ltd (MBL), NayaTel, LinkdotNet, Orascom, TeleCard, WorldCall, Mytel, Wi-Tribe, Qubee, Dancom Pakistan, National Telecommunications Corp (NTC).

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