Pakistan tops the list for most ‘affordable’ telecom services globally

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Pakistan receives another recognition globally as it is ranked as number “1” on account of providing most affordable telecom services amongst 139 countries, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) press statement said.

It must be mentioned here that as per World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index Report, India has been ranked on 8th position, Bangladesh on 14th and Sri Lanka grasps 35th position respectively.

Press statement further added that in the light of Competitiveness Index Report of World Economic Forum, Pakistan has also been ranked above India, Bangladesh and Iran as far as the availability of latest technologies and internet bandwidth is concerned.

It is pertinent to mention here that the World Economic Forum is undoubtedly regarded as one of the most credible, reputed and authentic source of information internationally.

On the other hand, Cable.co.uk has ranked Pakistan at number 33 based on its calculation of average price of 1 GB mobile data @ USD 1.85 per month, which is incorrect.

PTA has evaluated monthly plans/ packages offered by mobile companies in Pakistan and average price of 1 GB 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, the average price of 1 GB mobile data is in the range of USD 0.29 to USD 0.59 per month.

According to PTA’s press release, it has also approached/contacted representatives of Cable.co.uk for clarification through email and telephone but response is still awaited.

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