PTCL ups broadband speeds as customer numbers pass 500,000

13 Oct 2010

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the country’s fixed line incumbent, has announced that it has introduced downlink speeds of up to 10Mbps for its fixed line broadband services, which it claims is the fastest available in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Observer, the unveiling of the enhanced speed offering followed on from the telco’s revelation that its broadband subscriber base had surpassed the 500,000 mark, with its services on offer in more than 1,000 cities and towns across the country.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, initially PTCL offered xDSL-based services via a 100% owned ISP subsidiary Paknet, but in July 2007 it began offering services directly, and on 1 December 2007 transferred all subscribers, across all technologies, from Paknet to its own brand offerings. More recently, having soft-launched wireless broadband services over its CDMA network in January 2009, offered under the ‘EVO Wireless Broadband’ banner, a full commercial launch was announced in February 2010.