ISLAMABAD: The share of telecom sector in the national exchequer increased by 129 per cent to Rs 2278 billion in FY2019 from Rs 121 billion in FY1912, mainly due to the dramatic increase in the use of services during the virus ban. The reason is.
“The increase in demand for telecom services due to lockdown has resulted in a significant increase not only in the number of subscribers but also in the use of telecom services,” the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) said in its annual report 2020. Today, data usage is at 4,498 petabytes (fiscal year 2020), compared to 2,545 petabytes (fiscal year 2019), an increase of more than 77%.
He said that significant development would not be possible if the network was not upgraded. The country currently has 3.1 terabytes of bandwidth internationally and about 47,000 cell sites, of which 90% are 4G capable sites.
In the last five years, the country’s total broadband membership has increased by 175%, according to a PTA report. Today, broadband users have crossed 90 million, a growth of about 8% in fiscal year 2020. In FY20, Pakistan’s total broadband penetration is 42.2%.
“Currently, telecom networks are available to 87 per cent of the population and PTA is working with operators to increase the network coverage of its 13 per cent vulnerable people,” the report said. 172 million mobile and 2.2 million fixed line users.
In 2020, the global lockdown affected foreign direct investment throughout the economy. However, the telecom sector accounts for a significant share of 25% (62 623 million) of total FDI generated in the country.
Total investment by local operators increased by 14.25% to a total of 73 734 million.
In the financial year 2020, the total revenue of this sector reached Rs. 537 billion, which was mainly earned by the mobile sector.
Consumers of this television also benefited financially, telecom facilities in Pakistan have improved over the years and currently the prices per GB of broadband were as low as 20 0.20 which is the lowest in the region.
Similarly, the introduction of Device Identification and Registration System (DIRBS) has resulted in a multi-fold increase in government revenue along with the collection of tax on handset imports. Local manufacturing of handsets has revived the telecom ecosystem, with local 4G device manufacturing up 34%.
Pakistan faced a test of 5G services, one of the few aspects of South Asia.
The report states that “PTA intends to auction the spectrum of LTE, Woo LTE services as a prelude to 5G in 2021. High speed broadband services in regulators AJK and GB.” Is also ready for the spectrum auction. ” The report further said that PTA has issued 110 licenses for various telecom services this year and issued 91 service certificates to the operators.
PTA also conducted QS surveys across Pakistan for data, voice and SMS services and directed the operators to take corrective measures where they perform better. .