Mobile subscribers hit 89m by 2019 end: study

Published June 9, 2020
GSMA says that the country must facilitate access to high-quality mobile broadband networks, affordable services and smartphones. — AFP/File
GSMA says that the country must facilitate access to high-quality mobile broadband networks, affordable services and smartphones. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Mobile phones are the dominant form of digital connectivity in Pakistan, with 89 million unique subscribers as of the end of 2019, according to the GSMA — an industry body representing mobile networks.

In a report ‘Pakistan Progressing towards a fully-fledged digital economy’ launched on Monday, it suggested that to achieve digital ambitions and unleash the potential of the mobile economy, the country must facilitate access to high-quality mobile broadband networks, affordable services and smartphones.

“Fair and predictable regimes for spectrum licensing and tax are central to this for unlocking the huge growth potential, investment and societal benefits associated with a better connected, modern Pakistan that ensures no one is left behind,” the publication stated.

It discusses the importance to achieve “Pakistan’s Digital Vision” of a prosperous and innovative digital economy and outlines the role of the mobile sector in realising that.

The report notes that with decelerating GDP growth, compounded by a rising population, jobs, taxes and productivity gains generated by the digital ecosystem will be pivotal to supporting the health of Pakistan’s economy moving forward.

Published in Dawn, June 9th, 2020

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