New data released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) shows that the total number of mobile broadband users has swollen to 51.2 million. The total number of mobile phone subscriptions has grown to 148 million, 72.9% of the population, while Teledensity, which includes fiber and broadband users, is 74.2%. The previous data from January had shown 49 million mobile broadband users and 146 million total subscriptions.
The total broadband base is now 53.6 million people, clearly showing that most of Pakistan accesses the internet through 3G/4G services. The breakdown of the data shows that most networks saw their 3G and 4G subscriptions rise in the month of February. Zong, which saw 3G subscriptions fall from 9.1 million to 8.9 million, saw its 4G users rise from 5.1 to 5.8 million. Some experts believe this change is due to migration of 3G users to 4G.
Jazz leads subscriber count with 54.6 million users, followed by Telenor with 42.5 million. Zong follows with 30.8 million users and Ufone comes in last with 19.6 million customers.
The steady rise in cellular subscriptions in Pakistan has resulted in some of the most remote areas gaining access to various financial services like JazzCash and Easypaisa and broadband internet access has allowed underserved areas to gain medical and educational services.