Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/13/2014 -- Pakistan's telecommunications market is one of the most underdeveloped in Asia Pacific. The regulator has successfully auctioned its 3G licences, paving the way for higher value-added services (VAS) to be introduced to the market. This leaves Pakistan with significant room for growth, although the potential could materialise only in the medium-to - long term.
- Pakistan's mobile sector continues to fluctuate due to events such as restrictions on SIM sales through retail channels. There were 131.5mn mobile subscribers in the country at the end of 2013, up from 121.9mn in December 2012. Mobile broadband solutions, particularly EV-DO, continued to outperform and have overtaken DSL.
- ARPUs are expected to continue trending downwards due to the reliance on 2G services and rural expansion, as well as government-enforced network outages in light of security concerns.
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Pakistan is in 13th position in BMI's Asia Pacific Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings, with a score of 43.9 out of 100. According to most indications, the economy is on track to record its highest annual real GDP growth rate since FY2006/07 (July-June), in line with our estimate for full-year growth to come in at 4.0% in FY2012/13. Among other factors, a critical driving force behind Pakistan's slowly improving economic environment in recent years has been the aggressive easing of monetary policy by the State Bank of Pakistan
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In April 2014, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority auctioned off 3G and 4G spectrum. Four of Pakistan's five main mobile operators - which include Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan and Ufone - took part in the process and all four came away with 2.1-GHz spectrum, which has been designated for 3G services. China Mobile, which operates locally as Zong, was the only one to also pick up 4G, or 1800-MHz, spectrum.
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The Pakistan Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Pakistan's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.
BMI's Pakistan Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Pakistan.
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