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.
Unregistered service stations to be sealed
PESHAWAR: DC Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh today issued orders for the sealing of all unregistered service stations in the district.
In this connection, he also presided over a meeting here. The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahid Ali Khan, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Sara Rehman and representatives Water & Sanitation Services Programme (WSSP) and other officers of the district administration. The meeting was told that most of the service stations are unregistered and they are the main reasons behind declining water tables in these areas.
The meeting also reviewed in details the performance of WSSP, the Deputy Commissioner issued directives for the immediate sealing of these service stations with immediate effect and directed in future water levels in these areas should be checked at the time of the granting registration to service stations. He also directed the WSSP to not register those service stations which are not fulfilling their criteria. In this connection, he directed immediate action by all administrative officers.
Don’t make Hajj deals before Policy
ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has asked the general public to avoid depositing hajj dues in any bank or Hajj Group Organiser (HGO) directly or indirectly before the announcement of Hajj Policy 2019.
The ministry has warned strict action against the banks and HGO, who are receiving hajj dues directly or indirectly from the general public sans permission of the ministry, said a news release. The ministry said receiving hajj dues is illegal and liable to legal action as the ministry has not yet announced Hajj Policy 2019 and thus not yet allowed any bank or HGO to receive hajj applications or dues from the general public.
Hajj policy would be duly publicized on media and also placed at website www.hajjinfo.org People must not submit hajj applications or ink hajj agreement with any HGOs without permission of the ministry. The ministry has not yet authorized any HGO or bank in this regard. The ministry will not be responsible if any person deposits hajj dues in any unauthorized bank or HGOs. The person concerned will be responsible for his such deeds.
Hyderabad’s Public Sector University
HYDERABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) leader Faisal Sabzwari Wednesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would lay the foundation for the establishment of a public sector university in Hyderabad next month.
Talking to the media persons here, Sabzwari informed that a delegation of his party met the PM in Islamabad in this regard. The MQM-P’s leader criticized Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its Sindh Government for ignoring the development of Karachi and Hyderabad during its tenure in the province. “The PPP’s Sindh government couldn’t even establish a model union council during the 11 years,” he said and contended that the existing local government system did not empower the local bodies. When the LG system was strong, Sabzwari said, the MQM carried out a range of development works in the cities in the previous decade.
“There is only corruption in Sindh and the rulers make money through the fake accounts,” he alleged. However, he clarified that despite his party’s opposition to the PPP’s provincial government, the MQM-P would never become part of any unconstitutional move to remove the provincial government. Sabzwari claimed there were politicians in the PPP who wanted to part ways with the party before July 2018, general elections and that they had still not changed their minds. The MQM-P’s leader said the elected representatives or office-bearers of his party who fail to serve the people would face action and also not be given the party tickets in the next election. The elected representatives and local leaders of MQM-P were present on the occasion.