Saturday, May 16, 2009

World Telecom, Information Society Day on May 17 …

Pin It ISLAMABAD (May 16 2009): World Telecom and Information Society Day (WTISD) is being celebrated on May 17 with a theme "Protecting Children in Cyber Space." Telecom industry of Pakistan has been flourishing by leaps and bounds in the recent years and overall teledensity, subscriber base, technology advancements and influx of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) are indicators for the growth of telecom sector of Pakistan.

According to the latest figures compiled by PTA the overall teledensity in the country has reached 60.6 percent. There are currently 91.4 million mobile subscribers with mobile penetration reaching 56.78 percent. Cellular segment leads the share in total teledensity by 93.7 percent followed by FLL 3.8 percent and WLL 2.5 percent. There are total 10,001 cities/towns/villages covered and 26,300 cell sites installed by all cellular operators covering almost 90 percent of the land area of Pakistan.

Total fixed line subscribers (FLL) in Pakistan stands at 3.7 million yielding a teledensity of 2.3 percent. The Wireless Local Loop (WLL) solution in relation to fixed line requires less investment with high returns. Today WLL services are available across Pakistan in 14 telecom regions and value added services like EvDO are also available. The WLL services are getting popular especially in rural areas and total subscribers of WLL stood at 2.5 million with 1.5 percent teledensity as of March, 09.

Broadband is experiencing healthy growth since last year and companies are providing broadband services with DSL, Cable, FTH and WiMAX technologies across Pakistan whereas DSI is the most popular technology. There are currently 267,180 broadband subscribers showing almost 59 percent growth in 6 months time. Broadband penetration in the country has also been raised from 0.04 percent in December 07 to 0.17 percent in December 2008.

Despite a slowdown in economy as well as in telecom sector, FDI in telecom sector of Pakistan continued to pour in during last few years. During 2007-08, telecom sector attracted US $1438 million FDI, which is about 28 percent of total FDI. The FDI received by the sector during six months (July-December 08) was 716 million dollar, almost 5 percent more than what the sector received during Jan-June 2008.

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