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 167.87 million connections in 2019. Among them were 165.41 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.76 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 10.81 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Pakistan ranked 159th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 9.4 Mbit/second (137th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Pakistan comes 108th with a download speed of 18.72 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 80th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Pakistan
Total
Pakistan
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users1.76 m0.81 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines2.46 m1.14 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars165.41 m76.38 %547.36 m122.31 %