Latest figures compiled by the Pakistan Telecommunications Agency (PTA) show that the country’s wireless subscriber base grew by more than 147% in 2006, with over 28 million new customers during the year to take the total to 48.5 million. The figures show that by the end of December 2006 Mobilink was the largest operator with 22.70 million subscribers, followed by Ufone, which with 10.10 million. Newcomers Warid Telecom and Telenor claimed 7.6 million and 6.6 million subscribers respectively, while Paktel, which offers both AMPS and GSM services had 1.3 million. The AMPS-only service Instaphone had 200,000 customers by the year-end. The PTA claims 2007 is set to be fiercely competitive, in no small part as a result of the much delayed implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) at the end of this month. ‘MNP is almost ready to be launched,’ said a PTA official. ‘There were some complications in the project, which have [now] been removed and proper service will become available to subscribers within next few weeks,’ he added.
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