(Islamabad: 22nd March, 2019) Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has wishes to state that, Pakistan has been ranked number “1” for the provision of most affordable telecom services amongst 139 countries according to World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index Report ahead of India, Bangladesh and Srilanka in the South Asian region, which are ranked at 8th, 14th and 35th respectively. Furthermore, Competitiveness Index Report of World Economic Forum has also ranked Pakistan above India, Bangladesh and Iran in terms of availability of latest technologies and internet bandwidth.
It may be noted that World Economic Forum is regarded as one of the most reputed, credible and authentic source of information globally.
Cable.co.uk has ranked Pakistan at number 33 based on its calculation of average price of 1GB mobile data @ USD 1.85 per month, which is not correct. PTA has evaluated monthly plans / packages offered by mobile companies in Pakistan and average price of 1GB turns out to be only USD 0.72. Based on PTA’s analysis, Pakistan’s average price per GB is the second lowest in the Asia Pacific region ahead of Srilanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. Further, PTA also gathered data from mobile companies, according to which, blended average price of 1GB mobile data is in the range of USD 0.29 to USD 0.59 per month.
PTA has also approached / contacted representatives of Cable.co.uk for clarification through email and telephone, however, no response has been received as of yet.
Assistant Director (PR)