Mo­bile-users reach 133.02m, though de­cline in new con­nec­tion sales

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

ISLAMABAD—The num­ber of mo­bile phoneusers in the coun­try has reached 133.02 mil­lion till May this year as five mo­bile phone op­er­a­tors added a com­bined user base of 824,903 cus­tomers dur­ing the month. The com­bined user base of mo­bile com­pa­nies reg­is­tered de­cline in May 2016 for first time since Bio-met­ric Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (BVS) in­tro­duced last year. Till April this year, the num­ber of mo­bile phone users was 132.65 mil­lion, data is­sued by Pak­istan Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Au­thor­ity (PTA) showed on Thurs­day.

Ex­perts were of the opin­ion that this could be sign (for sat­u­ra­tion) and de­spite the fact that neg­a­tive growth in May 2016 could be due to data clean-up, tel­cos should get used to of see­ing low sales fig­ures dur­ing months to come. This also calls for a strate­gic pol­icy shift in how tel­cos gener- ate rev­enue, i.e by re­ly­ing more on data and less on voice.

Only sub­stan­tial ad­di­tion in rev­enues for some op­er­a­tors came through mo­bile fi­nan­cial seg­ment, but time has come for them to ex­pand pipe and in­clude ser­vices and value ad­di­tion through data ser­vices to gen­er­ate more money. Back to cus­tomers data, Mo­bilink is still lead­ing charts with 38.99 mil­lion cus­tomers while Te­lenor is clos­ing in gap with 37.45 mil­lion sub­scribers. It ap­pears that Te­lenor would not get any chance to cross Mo­bilink as mar­ket leader is all set to grab Warid’s 11 mil­lion cus­tomer to widen lead to a point where Te­lenor will lose hopes for be­com­ing num­ber one player for a decade at least. Zong had 25.14 mil­lion cus­tomers at end of May 2016 while Ufone stood with 20.32 mil­lion cus­tomers till the time.—APP

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