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Report reveals corruption worth billions in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan 3G, 4G licences

An audit report shows that a total loss of Rs74b has been incurred due to the PTA’s negligence

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November 28, 2018


Pakistan should manufacture cellphones, says PTI senator

Pakistan should manufacture cell phones to save $1 billion the country spends annually on the import of mobile devices, Senator Shibli Faraz of the PTI said in Tuesday. The senator heads a special committee of the Senate on circular debt. “Pakistan spends $1 billion annually on the import of mobile phones. This is a luxury….

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August 7, 2018


Telecom sector grows at rapid pace

ISLAMABAD: The telecommunication sector in the country has grown at a rapid pace and undergone an impressive transformation over the last four years. Introduction of Mobile Broadband Services (3G / 4G/LTE) in Pakistan is one of the biggest achievements of information Technology and Telecommunication Ministry. In 2014 award of four 3G Licenses awarded to Jazz…

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February 13, 2018


Internet users of broadband cross 50m mark

ISLAMABAD: The number of broadband subscribers including 3G and 4G subscribers in the country has crossed 50 million, showing around 24.5 per cent penetration till November last year.      Of the total users, mobile broadband remained the major contributor, sharing 48 million 3G and 4G subscribers till the period. The 3G and 4G subscription…

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January 16, 2018


People with no connectivity to get 3G by end of 2018: Anusha

ISLAMABAD: Minister of Information Technology Anusha Rehman Khan Friday said people with no connectivity will get 3G by the end of 2018 and everyone will be connected.

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May 20, 2017


3G/4G users in Pakistan about to reach 33 million

ISLAMABAD: The 3G and 4G users are about to hit 33 million mark in the country as mobile phone companies added a combined total of 919,513 3G and 4G users to their networks in August 2016. Total number of 3G and 4G users reached 32.7 million by the end of August 2016, the latest statistics…

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September 26, 2016


Can IT industry steer Pakistan out of economic crisis

    Saad Hussain, a youth associated with a software house in Lahore, the IT Capital of Pakistan, sent a ripple in world’s software industry by developing an app for blackberry phone a couple of years ago and won acclaim at the home and abroad. Now he has dozens of mobile phone applications and video…

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June 3, 2016


3G, 4G subscribers reach 23.65 mln in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The number of 3G and 4G subscribers in the country reached 23.65 million by December, 2015 as compared to 21.68 million by November 2015, showing a reasonable growth in modern mobile broadband services with each passing month. The operators, providing mobile broadband services, have collectively added around two million users during one month. As…

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February 7, 2016


Cellular operators expanding 3G, 4G with more investments

ISLAMABAD: The year 2014 has seen investment of US $ 1,789.7 million from Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) on account of acquiring and expanding their mobile broadband telecommunication networks. The overall telecom investment during the year reached US$ 1,815 million – almost three times increase from level of US$ 600 million last year. Almost half of…

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September 15, 2015


Apple Releases New Technology

Apple plans to present another pair of iPads on Wednesday alongside the new iPhones, the new Apple TV, a bigger iPad Pro and another iPad mini. Gathering points of interest from those who have tried the new models, uncovers that the version of the new iPad Pro will have components befitting its name. The…

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September 9, 2015


Total broadband subscription including 3G, 4G surpasses 18 mln

ISLAMABAD: The total broadband subscription in the country has surpassed 18 million with mobile internet penetration was showing a reasonable growth till end of July this year.

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August 30, 2015


Telecom services contribution to reach 1.4 % of GDP by 2025

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT) has envisioned to take contribution of telecom services up to 1.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025. Besides, the active export of telecom sector will be enhanced from US $ 1.4 billion to $ 4.0 billion by 2020. Official sources said it has been recognized…

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June 21, 2015


Plans afoot to expand branchless banking in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A strategy has been developed to achieve a manifold surge in mobile-wallets (m-wallet) to over 50 million in next five years. The Branchless Banking (BB) remains an effective channel to expand outreach of unbanked and under-banked people. At present around 5 million customers hold m-wallets to avail host of services including fund transfer, utility…

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March 22, 2015


3G, 4G—A most happening revolution in Pakistan

The country is witnessing a telecommunication revolution after 3G and 4G licenses were auctioned. Now, the internet users may avail broadband-like fast speed on their mobile handsets. Faiz Paracha reports from Islamabad.

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May 18, 2014


Issuance of 3G, 4G licences may hit delay

ISLAMABAD: Issuance of licences to cellular operators of much-trumpeted 3G, 4G technology may hit delay as successful bidders at the auction held last month have yet to deposit advance tax. Sources in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said four companies, Mobilink, Telenor, Zong and Ufone, which emerged victorious in the bidding process have yet to…

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May 7, 2014


Pakistan 3G, 4G auction draws $1.1 billion

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan on Wednesday raised more than $1.1 billion in its long-delayed auction of next-generation telecommunications licences, snapped up by the country's four existing mobile network providers. The government sold off four licences to provide 3G services, which allow broadband-speed internet on mobile phones, and one for superfast 4G connections. The total is close to the…

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April 23, 2014


3G, 4G auction process continues

ISLAMABAD: The process for awarding 3G and 4G cell phone spectrum licenses started here, in which four cellular companies were taking part. The process began with the announcement of base price of the bid for both the licenses, and PTA has allotted symbols to all four bidders to move forward the process.It merits a mention…

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April 23, 2014


3G, 4G auction underway

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is conducting much-awaited spectrum auction of 3G and 4G technologies here on Wednesday. As part of its arrangements, the Authority has also exercised full-fledge mock auction where all qualified cellular operators participated to understand the procedures and rules associated with the auction process. An official at PTA on Tuesday said…

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April 22, 2014