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Pakistan Hits Half Million Plus Broadband Users

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority had recently published the aggregate number of Broadband users in Pakistan with segment wise descriptions of all the technologies being used in the country.

Broadband

According to PTA, there are totally 564,352 broadband users in Pakistan until October 2009, with WiMAX and DSL technologies dominating the broadband market with ease.


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Technology Dec 08 Mar 09 Jun 09 Jul 09 Aug 09 Sep 09 Oct 09
DSL 171,170 176,616 262,661 265,275 272,862 298,887 332,434
HFC 40,330 40,330 36,201 37,334 36,759 36,004 35,858
WiMax 39,310 39,310 88,477 101,956 119,718 133,538 156,975
FTTH 2,370 2,370 3,967 4,353 4,495 4,092 4,269
EvDO 14,000 14,000 22,503 25,191 26,662 27,474 33,972
Others 22 803 797 844
Total 267,180 272,626 413,809 434,131 461,299 500,792 564,352

According to statistical graphs by PTA, it has been observed that the EVO devices are doing well in terms of penetration into the market segment, and this is the region where the broadband operators have good potential to get to the internet users. Though the services provided by the wireless EVO service providers (WorldCall and PTCL) have not maintained the standards as there has been a high signal variation and customers also do not get the advertised download speeds, but despite this, the broadband on the Go is capturing the market with élan.

Broadband Market Share

The WiMAX technology has already captured the good share of the market with the increase in the WiMAX subscribers, which has grown from 33,000 to 156,000 in a single year and amounting to the highest growth rate while being compared to the other broadband channels in Pakistan.

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