The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) revealed a consistent downward trend in cellular 3G/4G subscribers, broadband penetration, and teledensity for the third consecutive month in June 2023.
Cellular Subscriber Base Erosion
The count of cellular subscribers experienced a reduction from 192.27 million at the close of May 2023 to 190.95 million by the end of June, marking a decline.
Dip in 3G and 4G Users
Pakistan observed a decrease of 1.04 million 3G and 4G users, dropping from 124.11 million by the end of May to 123.07 million by the end of June.
Rise in NGMS Penetration
The Monthly Next Generation Mobile Service (NGMS) penetration demonstrated a marginal increase, progressing from 52.3% in May to 52.34% by the end of June.
Cellular teledensity underwent a reduction from 81.03% in May to 80.34% by the end of June. Similarly, the total teledensity declined from 82.12% to 81.43% during the same period.
- Jazz: Jazz’s 3G user count witnessed a decline from 4.445 million to 4.375 million between May and June. Additionally, Jazz’s 4G user base also contracted from 42.377 million to 42.356 million during the same timeframe.
- Zong: While Zong’s 3G subscribers decreased from 2.577 million to 2.526 million, their 4G user count increased from 32.298 million to 32.492 million from May to June.
- Telenor: Telenor experienced a dip in 3G subscribers, going from 2.841 million to 2.803 million. Similarly, their 4G user count decreased from 22.934 million to 22.896 million during this period.
- Ufone: Ufone’s 3G user base decreased slightly from 2.705 million in May to 2.687 million by June’s end. However, there was a notable increase in Ufone’s 4G users, rising from 12.498 million to 12.778 million, showcasing a growth of 0.28 million users.
This data provides valuable insights into the changing dynamics of Pakistan’s telecom landscape in June 2023.