ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on Wednesday announced financial results for the half-year ended on December 31, 2009 with net profit of Rs 5.354 billion registering growth of 13 percent. According to the Company statement, since PTCL alone earned net profit of Rs 5.354 billion as compared to Rs 5.314 billion recorded in the same period of the last year, the Group of companies earned a consolidated net profit of Rs 6.7 billion after taxation. During last year, PTCL has continued its strategy of developing new sources of income, on commercial side. The Company remained focused, inter-alia, on enhancing Broadband penetration and accordingly, PTCL achieved 85 percent market share by acquiring about 336,000 customers spread over 200 cities in Pakistan. During the period under review, 'Evo Wireless the wireless broadband based on 3G technologies with nationwide roaming for the first time in Pakistan, expanded to all the major cities in the country. Under the USF scheme, PTCL is extending voice and data services to the undeserved and far-flung areas of Pakistan using satellite backhaul as well. To provide value services to its corporate clients, the Company has launched Enterprise DSL, I-Sentry (IP video monitoring and surveillance solution), managed services and also soft launched Tele-presence for the first time in Pakistan. Also, Data Centers equipped with latest technologies are being established at Karachi and Lahore with the objective to provide data hosting as well as disaster-recovery services to our valued corporate customers. Another initiative is the on-going project to equip over 4,000 schools with IT labs under the auspices of Govt of Punjab. President PTCL, Walid Irshaid, commenting on the results said We strive hard to ensure the high standards of quality that our valued customers expect from us. Now customers can experience the Internet at its fastest with high-speed access from Broadband Pakistan, simultaneously, enjoy Voice service over the same telephone line without any extra cabling connections, Broadband Pakistan offers DSL service with unmatched reliability, affordability and connectivity.