ISLAMABAD: The telecom sector is one of the fastest growing segments of Pakistan’s economy as the number of cellular subscribers in the country have reached 151 million by end of July 2018, showing reasonable growth with each passing month.
The telecom industry has seen a dramatic increase in mobile broadband as well, as penetration over the past five years as mobile broadband subscribers reach 57.32 billion with a teledensity of 27.73, on the other hand, Basic Telephony subscriber 3 million with 1.30 percent Teledensity.
Mobile broadband users remain significantly higher than the fixed broadband user to the dominance of the mobile platform in the country.
The statistics issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) have shown that a number of mobile phone users reached 151 million by July 2018, as compared to 145.99 million by end of January 2018.
Mobilink Jazz’s total count for 3G users stood at 15.03 million by July 2018, as compared to 14.54 million by January 2018. Jazz 4G user numbers jumped from 2.23 by January 2018 to 4.6 million by July 2018.
Zong 3G subscribers decreased to 9.22 million by July 2018, from 9.08 million in January 2018, while a number of 4G users jumped from 5.07 million by January end to 7.76 million by June 2018.
The number of 3G users of Telenor increased from 10.75 million in January 2018 to 10.31 million by July 2018. The number of 4G users jumped from 1.88 million in January 2018 to 3.3 million by July 2018.
Ufone’s total subscribers reached 7.06 million by end of July 2018 as they were 6.630 million in January 2018.
Talking to APP, an IT Ministry official said 4G network roll-outs continued across the country, By 2017 over 30 percent of Pakistan’s population was covered by the 4G network. The country had seen a dramatic increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years with market penetration increasing from below one percent in 2012 to 24 percent in 2017, he added.
Ex-CM Sindh granted ten-day interim bail in fake accounts case
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (HC) Tuesday granted a ten-day pre-arrest bail to former chief minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah in a NAB case pertaining to money laundering and fake accounts.
A divisional bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani, accepted the interim bail of ex-CM against surety bonds worth Rs one million.
The petitioner had stated in his plea that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had served called up notices to him for March 27, for investigation related to Thatta Sugar Mill and Dadu Sugar Mill.
The department could detain him on his appearance before the investigation team, he stated.
Shah stated that he had not misused his powers being CM Sindh, adding that a criminal case against him was initiated to politically victimize him.
He stated that he wanted to join NAB’s inquiries but have fear of being arrested and humiliated.
Former CM said that he was 85 and being a senior citizen he was entitled for interim bail. The NAB had no evidence against him, he added.
He prayed the court to stop NAB from arresting him and grant pre-arrest bail.
The bench noted that the petitioner had filed a bail plea in a case related to Thatta Sugar Mills.
Justice Aamer Farooq observed that the petitioner should have filed two petitions if he was summoned in two inquiries by anti-graft body.
At this, the petitioner’s counsel said that his client would file another petition for bail in second case.
After hearing arguments at length, the bench accepted the interim bail plea of former CM Sindh province and directed him to join NAB investigation.
The petitioner had nominated Chairman NAB and DG NAB as respondents in his case.
It may be mentioned here that the former chief minister was named in a report by the joint investigation team (JIT) tasked to probe the fake accounts case. He was among 172 people named in the report whose names were to be placed on exit control list (ECL).
Shehbaz Sharif’s name removed from ECL
LAHORE: LHC has ordered removal of the name of the leader of the opposition in NA Mian Shehbaz Sharif from ECL
Nawaz Sharif granted bail on medical grounds in Al-Azizia case!
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court here has granted bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds suspending his sentence in Al-Azizia case or six weeks.
According to details, a three-judge bench led by CJP granted bail to the deposed prime minister enabling him to seek medical treatment within the country. He will not be allowed to leave the country.
The bail has been granted against two surety bonds of Rs. 5 million each and as soon as its period is over he will have to surrender himself to jail authorities. Sharif’s advocate had requested for bail for eight weeks.