Published On: Sat, Dec 28th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

Country’s broadband growth riding high on PTCL’s penetration

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ISLAMABAD: The country’s broadband penetration is rising rapidly as per Pakistan Telecom Authority’s (PTA) statistics.

The telecom indicators state that currently, the country boasts over 2.89 million broadband connections. Out of this, more than 1.8 million connections hail from PTCL’s wired and wireless broadband networks, while the remaining piece of the pie is shared by various broadband service providers.

Statistical data further revealed that back in July 2013, 2.78 million broadband connections existed, which swelled to 2.89 million by end of August showing an increase of 101,700 connections.

The obvious benefits aside, it’s the spillover effect of the broadband spread that is really creating an impact. Most important of these is the broad band’s ability to empower people through connectivity.

Sohail Atif, an environment PhD fellow at a local university said, “My research involves gathering and assimilating real time data from remote areas and wireless broadband of PTCL has enabled me to upload heavy data on the go and get sample results on the field there and then. This saves a lot of time, enabling me to complete assignments quicker”.

More obvious is the economic impact of the service which is empowering communities to make more informed decision, raise and create awareness and helping changing perceptions.
Zahid Qureshi, a local scrap dealer in the outskirts of Gujranwala shared his experience and said that now he has access to international scarp markets just because of broadband internet. He said my business has tripled since I acquired a broadband connection. I can get goods at very cheap prices now and from markets which were inaccessible to me. Not only this, the trust level has increased, as both the parties can see & negotiate each other through video conferencing.

Shakir Hussain, a retired school teacher is making good use of broadband service by earning a livelihood teaching Quran to students in Norway. “I never thought it could be so convenient that I can connect to my pupils through Skype and teach at my convenience.

Shakir Hussain informed that lot of people in my area are following suit, which has raised income levels of many families”.

In the cities and towns where broadband service is available, the impact is obvious. Through increased economic opportunities, better awareness of different cultures and accessibility to knowledge, both urban and rural communities are slowly but steadily reaping the rewards of this aggressive penetration.

Instead of just looking at broadband as a technology, the real emphasis should be to use its power towards mass digitization, which can takes million out of poverty and create more harmonized societies.