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Internet Service Providers in Pakistan




  • According to Science Fiction Author William Gibson, “The future is already here, it is just not evenly distributed.” Pakistan IT industry is not as much greater as compared to the rest but when we see the annual growth then surely it is moving at high speed. Although, PTCL is one of the largest shareholders of the internet service providers in the country, but many others are doing well.

    When we make the list of internet service providers in Pakistan, we do not find a large number of providers. Those who are providing internet services are restricted to metropolitans and some developed cities. The main reasons behind this are a lack of infrastructure in remote areas.

    Internet Facts about Pakistan

    Internet users (estimated): 35 million
    Mobile Internet users (EDGE/GPRS): 15 million
    Broadband Internet Connections: 1.7 million (DSL, Wimax, HFC & Evo)
    Cost of 2 Mbits IP Backbone connection: US$ 400 per month
    Internet bandwidth to Pakistan: ~400 Gbps combined from PTCL and TWA
    Operational ISPs: 50 (approx)
    ISPs providing DSL services: 10
    HFC Operators providing broadband Internet over cable: 5
    Undersea cables connecting Pakistan to rest of world: Three with PTCL (www.ptcl.com.pk), SMW3, SMW4 & IMEWE
    One with TWA (www.tw1.com)
    Domestic Fiber backbones: PTCL (www.ptcl.com.pk)
    Wateen (www.wateen.com)
    Mobilink (www.mobilinkgsm.com)
    Multinet (www.multinet.com.pk)
    Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Provider: Nayatel (www.nayatel.com)
    Domains Registered under .pk domain: ~ 30,000

    Here is the detailed list of ISPs in Pakistan

    Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL):

    Services: DSL, EVO, Broadband

    Coverage: Almost overall Pakistan

    Wateen

    Services: Broadband, DSL

    Coverage: Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, D.I. Khan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Jhelum, Karachi, Lahore, Mandi Bahauddin, Multan, Okara, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, R.Y. Khan, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Sukkur.

    World Call

    Services: WorldCall Cable Broadband, WorldCall Wireless Broadband

    Coverage: Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Karachi, Kasur, Kharian, Lahore, Multan, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Sukkur.

    Wi-Tribe

    Services: Wireless Broadband

    Coverage: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad.

    Qubee

    Services: DSL, Broadband Internet

    Coverage: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi.

    COMSATS Internet Services

    Services: Broadband DSL

    Coverage: Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Hattar, Peshawar, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot.

    NayaTel Pakistan

    Services: Wireless Broadband

    Coverage: Islamabad, Rawalpindi.

    Brain NET

    Services: Wireless Broadband

    Coverage: Lahore.

    CyberNet

    Services: Wireless Broadband

    Coverage:  Faisalabad, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.

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