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Telecommunication in Pakistan

Compared to the United States, Pakistan is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +92, there were a total of 191.70 million connections in 2021. Among them were 188.71 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.82 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 365,813 webhosts, Pakistan is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 16,293 of these, or about 4 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 10.15 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Pakistan ranks 150th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 9.8 Mbit/second (128th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Pakistan comes 118th with a download speed of 15.50 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was enough for 106th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Pakistan from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Pakistan 2005 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerPakistan is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 25 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 1 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in the number of fixed-network phones also indicate a change here. While the number of fixed-network phones has declined over the past few years, the number of cell phones has increased noticeably at the same time. Most recently, there were 82 cell phone contracts per 100 people. This trend can be observed worldwide, but is not yet as pronounced in Wakanda as in some other countries.

Distribution in 2021Pakistan
Broadband users2.94 m1.27 %127.03 m38.27 %
Landlines2.99 m1.29 %97.11 m29.26 %
Mobile cellulars188.71 m81.55 %361.62 m108.96 %

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