Published on April 4th, 2009 | by Arsalan Mir2
UN Reports Pakistan Among The Fastest Growing In Telecom
As the number of Pakistani cell phone users reaches 91,008,042, the United Nations (UN) has rated Pakistan one of the fastest growing country across the globe in the telecommunications sector.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) says that the tele-density in Pakistan is 56.50 per cent while Pakistan generated 763 million text messages during 2008/09 and stood fourth for SMS traffic in Asia Pacific.
According to the recently released UN report, more than 60 per cent of the world’s citizens have access to mobile phones; that is 4.1 billion cellular subscribers across the world.
The report adds that mobile phones help developing countries to improve their economy. That is a well established fact by now. However, a more relevant question is how the governments can either support this growth or cause it to slowdown.
Of course, political stability and lack of security is the overriding factor above all for the economy.
An excerpt from the UN report
Some developing countries, though, have moved up considerably in the Index over the five-year period, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China and Viet Nam. This is partly due to high mobile cellular growth, coupled with an increase in Internet users. China (Rank 73 in 2007 up from 90 in 2002), has made significant progress in increasing the number of fixed telephone lines and mobile subscriptions as well as fixed broadband during the past few years. The recent Government decision to issue IMT-2000/3G licenses by early 2009 and to restructure the market to increase competition in the wired and wireless services is likely to drive mobile broadband and further increase ICT uptake in other areas as well.
[Via The News]