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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 178.50 million connections in 2020. Among them were 175.62 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.80 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 million 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 9.4 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Pakistan ranked 153rd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 9.2 Mbit/second (119th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Pakistan comes 114th with a download speed of 14.33 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 9 Mbit was enough for 93rd place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 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 - 2020

Broadband internet in Pakistan 2005 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerPakistan is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 25% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 1% 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 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Pakistan
Internet users55.22 m25.00 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users2.52 m1.14 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines2.88 m1.30 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars175.62 m79.51 %351.48 m106.03 %

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