The total number of broadband subscribers, including 3G and 4G users, has crossed around 23.6 million mark in the country.

As per latest market figures, the 3G and 4G subscribers also reached 20.6 million by November this year. In September this year, highest growth rate of 14.43 per cent was by cellular companies, which added 2.35 million 3G/4G subscribers.

A senior PTA official Sunday revealed that number of broadband subscribers in other technologies are: DSL 1,563,321 users, HFC 43,929 users, Wimax 245,284 users, FTTH 20,549 users, EvDo 1,273,184 users and others 6,160 users.

Experts of telecom industry are of the viewpoint that portable mobile broadband devices like MiFi and Wingles are one of the main reasons of this growth in 3G/4G subscribers and many more will follow this trend in upcoming days. In the context of upcoming 3G/4G auctions for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) regions, these stats are really encouraging for the mobile phone companies which depict the increasing demand of these technologies across the country.

Meanwhile, country’s largest mobile phone operator, Mobilink has overtaken its competitors to become the number obe (No.1) 3G player after official figures were released by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Mobilink crossed the six million 3G subscriber mark during the 4th quarter of 2015.

Vice President Marketing, Mobilink, Asif Aziz said key to this leading position is consistent investment to further innovate on behalf of subscribers by delivering not just the best 3G and voice network, but also improvements in customer service, and product lines.

He said to support its 3G services, Mobilink has in place a robust fiber optic infrastructure that expands to over 6000 kilometers coupled with the latest technology, state-of-the-art equipment and a well versed team of professionals.

Its 3G network connects millions of people every day who use their smartphones for education, businesses, communication, entertainment, E-learning and most importantly enjoy ready access to internet on the go for easy access to knowledge.