The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) stated on friday that Contribution of the telecom sector to the national exchequer increased by 129 per cent in the fiscal year ending in June 2020 compared to a year ago owing to Covid-19 lockdown.
Moreover The surge in demand for telecom services due to lockdown resulted in significant growth not only in the subscriber base but also in the usage of telecom services, exchanging its Annual Report 2020, PTA highlighted.
Compared to 2,545PB in December 2019, Data usage by the end of December 2020 was 4,498 petabytes – a growth of more than 77 per cent, the report noted. One PB is equal to 1,000 terabytes (TB).
In the country by the end of 2020, Broadband subscribers crossed 90 million, showing a growth of around 8pc against 2019.
Telecom networks are currently available for 87pc of the population as the Total Broadband perforation the country reached 42.2pc.
However financial emolument have been equally enjoyed by telecom consumers. “The affordability of the services in Pakistan have improved over the years and currently the per “GB broadband” prices are as low as $0.20 which is amongst the lowest in the region,” the report added.
Meanwhile Due to Device Identification & Registration System, government revenues increased manifold with tax collection on handset imports the regulator mentioned.