In today’s world of hyper connectivity, the telecom sector is become quite integral when it comes to the economy as well.

Pakistan’s telecom sector has attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) worth US$202.34 million during the fiscal year 2020-21. This figure shows investors’ confidence in the policies introduced by the government for the promotion of the industry, according to the official statement.

“The telecom sector has contributed over PKR218.8 billion to the national exchequer during the last financial year” said an official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).


He further added that teledensity (landline telephone connections per 100 people in a specified geographic area) till July was recorded at 87.5 per cent while the number of active cellular mobile subscribers reached 185 million till July, 2021.

Additionally, the number of broadband subscribers reached 104.43 million in July while the broadband penetration was recorded at 47.68 per cent during the same period, he added.

Talking about the data usage the official shared that it has reached to 6855 PB (PetaByte) in 2020-21. He further said that Complaint Management System of PTA, launched in 2021 and upgraded in 2020, was used for facilitation of telecom consumers for lodging complaints, processing and redressal of consumers’ grievances. From November 2018 to September 2021, a total of 480,865 complaints were received and 238,656 resolved promptly, as per the official figures.

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