42 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2012
Date Written: 2012
Pakistan crossed the 100 million mobile subscribers’ mark in July 2010 – a landmark achievement, rising from a mere 1.7 million in 2002. The country also surpassed the 1 million mark for the number of broadband subscribers in October 2010. With these motivating accomplishments, the total teledensity of the telecom industry of Pakistan increased to 64.08 percent at the end of FY 2010, recording a growth of 3.5 percent from the preceding financial year.
The TRE survey measures informed stakeholders’ perceptions about the regulatory and policy environment with regard to the telecom sector in a given country. The current TRE survey (2010) is a third in the series. The first survey was conducted in July 2006 by LIRNEasia in five emerging Asian countries, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines using six dimensions: market entry; access to scarce resources; interconnection; tariff regulation; anti-competitive practices; and universal services, for the fixed and mobile sectors. In the second TRE survey in 2008, a seventh dimension dealing with the 'quality of service' was added, and the survey was conducted for the broadband sector in addition to fixed and mobile sectors, in 8 countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Keywords: Pakistan, telecom regulatory environment
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