Published on July 15th, 2010 | by Babar Bhatti2
Telecom & Broadband in Balochistan
Recently Pakistan Telecommunication Authority organized Telecom Consumer Forum “Together for Consumer Rights” in Quetta. The Forum was attended by government officials, consumer representative, representatives from IT and Telecom industry, telecom consumer groups, renowned social workers and academia. In that forum, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority shared a few metrics about telecom progress in Balochistan. Highlights include:
- 36.9 % – Teledensity as of May 2010 (was 29.3% in 2008)
- 2.8 million – total number of mobile phone subscribers as of May 2010
- 109,079 – Total WLL subscribers in Balochistan as of March-2010
- 98,511 – total number of Local Loop (LL) subscribers is (March-2010)
- Rs.5.87 billion – USF projects in Balochistan
- 62 Rabta Ghars in Balochistan to provide basic telecommunication services
Read more from the press release.
Balochistan is gaining a lot of ground through implementation of last mile solutions and increased network coverage in telecom sector.
The province of Balochistan has the potential to gain further from this growth for its people as well as for the development of telecom infrastructure in the province, he added.
Addressing the forum, Chairman PTA Dr. Mohammed Yaseen said the statistics of recent telecom growth in Balochistan are evident of the satisfaction level of telecom consumers of this area with the quality of telecom services provided to them.
He said in year 2002, cellular teledensity in Balochistan was just 0.17% which has grew manifold after the completion of numerous development projects making this figure much healthier in March-2010 which is 34.3%.
Chairman PTA said fiber optic is being laid from Balochistan to connect with Iran and Afghanistan while it has also been laid across Balochistan to provide telecom access to the local population.
He said PTA has deployed around 62 Rabta Ghars in Balochistan to provide basic telecommunication services especially to the rural population of the province.
Dr. Yaseen said PTA is cognizant of telecom consumers’ needs and is taking every step to facilitate them in resolving their issues.
CEO Universal Service Fund (USF), Parvez Iftikhar said the fund has started projects worth Rs.5.87 billion in Balochistan which would help in provisioning of telecom services to far flung areas of Balochistan. This would bring economic betterment in the area.