Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Teledensity reached 62.3 per cent in the country

Pin It KARACHI: Teledensity reached 62.3 per cent in the country in July this year, almost 110bps higher than the preceding month, according to data released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The cellular segment witnessed a decent trend with a penetration level of 58.50 per cent. On the other hand, wireless local loop (WLL) and landline penetrations remained stagnant at 2.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.

On collective basis, fixed line (WLL + landline) penetration came to 3.8 per cent during July 2009.

In July 2009, the cellular segment witnessed the third consecutive month of one million monthly additions after the average additions of 250,000 for almost nine months since July 2008. In July 2009, mobile subscribers rose to a total of 95.55 million.

On segregated basis, Mobilink remained the market leader with 29.5 million (31 per cent) subscribers while the second position was secured by Telenor with 21.3 million (22 per cent) followed by Ufone with 21 per cent market share.

The highest monthly additions were achieved by Mobilink with 414,000 new subscribers followed by Telenor and Warid with 406,000 and 255,000 new subscribers respectively.

The WLL segment recorded 35,000 new additions during the month and the total reached 2.65 million.

According to the data, the primary contribution in this regard was from Worldcall with 13,000 additions to its subscriber base to 0.56 million while Telecard subscribers reached 626,000. Segment giant PTCL witnessed an increase in its subscribers to 1.31 million.

On market share basis, PTCL still remains the market leader in the segment with 49 per cent market share while this position is succeeded by Telecard and Worldcall with almost 24 per cent and 21 per cent market shares, respectively.

In the land line segment, overall subscribers during 9MFY09 further declined by 202k subscribers to 3.52 million as against the level of 3.72 million during 6MFY09.

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