Telecommunication in Pakistan

Compared to the European Union, Pakistan is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +92, there were a total of 178.50 m connections in 2020. Among them were 175.62 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.80 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Pakistan is back. Around 17% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 365,813 webhosts, Pakistan is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 11.72 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Pakistan ranked 164th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 10.33 Mbit/second (142nd place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Pakistan comes 117th with a download speed of 19.90 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 90th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Pakistan from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Pakistan 2005 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Pakistan
Broadband users2.42 m1.10 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines2.88 m1.30 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars175.62 m79.51 %541.96 m121.03 %