Pakistan has the lowest telecom tariffs in the world

June 11, 2008

While India hails to be amongst the world’s lowest telecom tariffs, with operators offering increasingly better mobile services, it nonetheless stands at the hind end of Pakistani mobile services, particularly in terms of international (ISD) calls.


The rates of international calls made from India and Pakistan to countries like United States of America (USA), UK, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong reflects an acute difference of how Pakistani mobile services are far superior to the Indian counter part.


Telecom operators in Pakistan offer ISD calls at rates as low as Rs 1-1.99 per minute while Indian mobile subscribers still pay Rs 5-6 per minute to call the above mentioned countries.


Furthermore, with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) reducing the Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) by about 30 percent from June 1, telecom services are expected to become more affordable.


Currently, Pakistan’s tele density stands at 56.7 percent, which is more than double of India’s tele density.


Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Warid (Singtel) and Zong (China Mobile) are the main service providers in Pakistan.



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