According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the cellular subscribers in Pakistan reached 150 million as of May 2018. Cellular operators in Pakistan have thrived since its early days of Paktel and Instafone in the 1990s, as the number of the cellular users proliferated. Since then, different cellular companies have entered the market to meet the fast-growing cellular users.
This article enlists 4 cellular networks considered as top cellular networks in Pakistan providing different cellular services:
Ufone; also known as Pak Telecom Mobile Limited (PTML), is a subsidiary of PTCL, is a famous cellular network of Pakistan with 24 million cellular subscribers. It works under the UAE Etisalat group. Striving to empower people of Pakistan, it offers a wide a range of cellular services from basic GSM/2G voice and data services to different value added services such as Mobile broadband and mobile banking via U-Paisa.
It has a wider coverage that reached many remote villages of Pakistan. It has local coverage of more than 10000 locations covering different areas of Pakistan. It also offers International cellular roaming in more than 160 countries. Its blackberry and 3G roaming services are also reachable across 122 countries with more than 200 live operators.
Jazz holds the honour of being the largest cellular network in Pakistan with 55 million users. Jazz is owned by VEON, a multinational group. Previously known as Mobilink (PMCL), it rebranded as jazz following the Warid and Mobilink merger.
Jazz covers 10,000+ cities, towns and villages all over Pakistan. It deals wide range of cellular technology providing both legacy and next-generation services such as 2G (GSM), 3G (HSPA) and 4G (LTE) voice and data services. It offers both prepaid and postpaid services with extensive tariff structure to meet different user requirements. It also offers cellular other cellular-based services such as MobiCash, JazzCash and mobile broadband.
Telenor is a part of Norwegian Telenor Group, which is known as the largest cellular operators in the world with its market share in Europe and Asia. In Pakistan, it is also ranked as a top cellular operator. It has 42 million users in Pakistan, making it a second largest mobile operator in Pakistan.
It offers unique prepaid and postpaid GSM, 2G, 3G and 4G services. Its coverage area covers 84% population of Pakistan. Through its cellular infrastructure, it also offers mobile broadband and Easypaisa mobile banking service.
Zong is a subsidiary of China Mobile Pakistan (CM Pak), a very first overseas project of china mobile communication corporation started operating in Pakistan in 2008. It is named as No. 1 operator in voice and data services and famous for its fast and reliable 4G LTE service that is expanding and accelerating day by day. It also offers unique customer-centric packages in 2G, 3G, 4G and broadband Internet. It has a large customer base of 26 million subscribers all over Pakistan.
Rapid growth in ICT has made significant progress in cellular network usage. Studies predict a huge increase in the cellular usage across the globe. Now, half of the world has access to smartphones. An enormous amount of traffic in the world comes through cellular phones.
This trend will surely continue in coming years. Quality Cellular service is imperative for Pakistan to meet its digital goals in the 21st century. The cellular network is drifting from supporting traditional voice services to broadband services that are crucial for digital inclusion. Hence, there is more responsibility on the cellular providers to plan the growing needs of networks capacity, bridging access gaps and provide affordable quality service. This calls for more intense competition among the cellular networks in the future.