Number of cellphone users cross 80.30 millionKARACHI: The number of cellular subscribers in Pakistan touched 80 million mark with a cellular mobile density of 50.76. Approximately 4 million subscribers were added during the two months of this year, which shows the rapid use of cellular phone in the country.
Latest figures released by the PTA show cellular phone connections reached 80.30 million mark by February 2008.
The figures gathered by the telecom watchdog show that by February 2008 Mobilink led the market with 31.36 million subscribers followed by Ufone, which was serving 16.84 million people across the country. Telenor Pakistan holds the third position with 16.01 million subscribers and Warid is at the fourth with 13.60 million subscribers. Meanwhile, the aggressively marketed Paktel has managed to grab 2.14 million subscribers.
Industry analysts are predicting that the market share in coming two months may change. Competition for the second and third place is growing fast. There is a very close tie between Ufone and Telenor. Telenor Pakistan is at 3rd place with a difference of only 833,640 subscribers. Telecom industry is booming throughout the country as two million mobile subscribers were added every month throughout the last year. Previous year the sector grew by 80 percent while average growth rate in last four years has been more than 100 percent.
Mobilink continues to remain the leading operator in the sector with maximum market share both in terms of subscribers and revenues. Among all the new entrants, Telenor has shown its strength by capturing a good market share and has left behind its closest competitor, Warid, within one month’s time to claim the second position.