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In 2008 Pakistan was the world’s third fastest growing telecommunications market. Pakistan's telecommunication infrastructure is improving dramatically with foreign and domestic investments into fixed-line and mobile networks; fibre-systems are being constructed throughout the country to aid in network growth.

In 2011, the number of mainline telephones in use totalled just over 5.7 million. The mobile telecommunications sector is seeing very large year-to-year growth in Pakistan. Approximately 90% of Pakistanis live within areas that have cell phone coverage and more than half of all Pakistanis have access to a cell phone. With 118 million mobile subscribers in March 2012, Pakistan has the highest mobile penetration rate in the South Asian region. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Mobilink continues to lead the market with 35.7 million subscribers, followed by Telenor with 29.3 million, Ufone with 23.1 million, Zong with 15.6 million, and Warid Telecom with 14.3 million. All telecommunication companies are working to broaden their networks in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas, which were largely ignored until recently.

Pakistan's Indian Ocean INTELSAT communications stations began service in 1971 near Karachi. Through Azad Kashmir Radio and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, the government operates 18 shortwave radio stations. Karachi is the broadcasting centre, and there are important transmitters at Hyderabad, Quetta, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Multan, Bahawalpur and Islamabad. Government-run Pakistan-TV broadcasts at least 10 hours a day through 28 transmitters.

In 2009, there were over 20 million internet subscribers in Pakistan.

Overview

Telephones - main lines in use : 5.722 million (2011)
Telephones - mobile cellular : 111 million (2011)
Telephone system : general assessment: the telecommunications infrastructure is improving dramatically with foreign and domestic investments in fixed-line and mobile-cellular networks; system consists of microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, fiber-optic cable, cellular, and satellite networks;
domestic: mobile-cellular subscribership has skyrocketed, exceeding 110 million by the end of 2011, up from only about 300,000 in 2000; more than 90 percent of Pakistanis live within areas that have cell phone coverage and more than half of all Pakistanis have access to a cell phone; fibre systems are being constructed throughout the country to aid in network growth; fixed line availability has risen only marginally over the same period and there are still difficulties getting fixed-line service to rural areas
international: country code - 92; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 and SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable systems that provide links to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Indian Ocean); 3 operational international gateway exchanges (1 at Karachi and 2 at Islamabad); microwave radio relay to neighbouring countries
Broadcast media

: media is government regulated; 1 dominant state-owned TV broadcaster, Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), operates a network consisting of 5 channels; private TV broadcasters are permitted; to date 69 foreign satellite channels are operational; the state-owned radio network operates more than 40 stations; nearly 100 commercially-licensed privately-owned radio stations provide programming mostly limited to music and talk shows (2007)
Internet country code : .pk
Internet hosts : 365,813 (2012)
Internet users : 20.431 million (2009)
 

 
 

 



 


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