Pakistan has over 181 million mobile subscribers: PTA

Pakistan Telecom has said Monday, 181 million mobile subscribers around the country, marking World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD).

The aim of the WTISD is to raise awareness about opportunities for societies and economies to tackle the digital divide by using the Internet and other Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

17 May marks the anniversary of the signing and establishment of the first International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Pakistan's overall telecommunications density — the number of telephone links per 100 people residing in an area — stands at 85%, the telecommunication authority says.

PTAs said, with 88% of the population accessing the internets and broadband networks at "the slowest pace in the country," over 100 million broadband users are now in Pakistan.

In addition, the PTA said that Pakistan's digital facilities proved their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic's unprecedented bandwidth demand.

"Telecom providers have implemented several measures to facilitate subscribers under the directives of PTA; providing discount packages & temporary updates at little or no expense, and sending health-related messages directly to their mobile phones," it said.

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