Published on August 29th, 2009 | by Basit Ali17
PTA to launch 3G in Pakistan to boost telecom further
Cross post from Basit Ali’s blog
PTA has recently announced that it plans to launch 3G services in Pakistan very soon. Though no dates or time frame has been given and the word soon remains undefined. According to this news-release, launching 3G services is one of the steps it is taking to keep the upward trends in telecom growth, a sector that is already contributing 2% of the GDP and it is expected that it will grow up to 3% in the coming years.
My question is, that a country with a tele-density of 62%, mobile penetration of 94 million subscribers with a population of around 180 million, can we still expect more subscribers to sign up?
I believe we are already reaching a kind of saturation point. Please consider the following facts before answering my question:
- There is a big number of subscribers who carry more than one active sims
- Pakistani population between ages 15 and 64 that most probably uses phones, is less than 60%