Telecom - considered as tool for advancement - has now revolutionized the way people connect and interact as a visible change in information communications sector is picking up a pace with each passing year.
It is the sector that has reduced distances, transcended borders and brought people together in way never seen in the entire human history.
Like previous few years, the telecom sector in the country also grew stronger in year 2012-13 with major indicators showed improvement.
Now tele-density of the country reached around 76 percent with main contribution from cellular sector and revenues were at all time high of
However, sector’s investment situation calls for an immediate influx of innovation in the form of 3G technology auction which can further improve the sector’s economic standing.
Local loop sector has performed well as the total tele-density of both
The WLL segment has grown considerably over the past year while FLL subscribers have also risen slightly.
The FLL and WLL segments are still being ruled by
The PTCL has contributed a lot to increase the tele-density of both the FLL & WLL segment since the company also holds 95 percent share in the FLL segment and 40 percent of the WLL segment.
The dominance of PTCL in local loop sector is still very much intact and it performed well in the local loop sector during 2013. PTCL’s total local loop subscriber base stood at around 4.3 million.
The share of the incumbent in the local loop subscriber base has also reached 73 percent. The incumbent still holds more than 95 percent share in the FLL segment of the overall local loop sector. The subscriber base of local loop sector has reached 6.4 million during 2012-13 as compared to 5.87 million as of
The broadband sector also showed reasonable growth with 2.72 million subscribers and 30 percent growth during 2012-13. The remarkable growth of wireless technologies is an encouraging sign for the sector.
Again PTCL currently leads the broadband market by a long margin with its EvDO services. Due to this, wireless technologies now own major share in the overall subscriber base as compared to fixed line for the first time ever in
The year also witnessed unprecedented growth in mobile banking as the indicators such as M-banking agents registered a growth of 141.6 percent, increasing from 26,792 to 64,716, and the growth in m-wallet accounts was 126.4 percent, increasing from 1.4 million to 2.4 million.
An official at PTA said M-banking segment of
During the period, PTA received 31,266 complaints against telecom operators, 98 percent of which were successfully redressed.
In 2012-13, the growing cellular subscribers, increased traffic and taxes encouraged telecom sector contribution to national exchequer, touching
The increasing revenues from telecom sector indicate the strength and size of the market despite the economic difficulties and tough competition, especially in the cellular sector.
Moreover, revenues of
Telecom operators are now exploring new avenues to earn from, reducing dependence on the voice channels alone.
Throughout the period, the Authority remained focused on realigning its strategic plans towards meeting the changing paradigms of the telecom sector. With increasing subscriber base and emerging facets of the telecom sector, it performed its regulatory duties with professional approach.
The auction of spectrum/licenses for Next Generation Wireless Network (NGWN) services will be the pinnacle of technological advancement of cellular mobile services in the country and it has already accelerated the process to launch NGWN services in line with its vision for a technologically modern and financially stable
It is expected that influx of 3G technology into the telecom market will further boost the revenues of the sector.
Enumerating further, the PTA official also highlighted other endeavours including Mobile Phone SIMs sale documentation and verification processes.
All telecom players are bearing fruits of joint endeavours especially of a regulator and we need to have with more professional and consumer friendly approach in accordance with changing dynamics of the telecom sector of the country. Protecting consumers and maintaining an enabling business environment for telecom companies should be remained a key priority so that 2014 - another year success can be seen which would also be good omen for the sector.
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