Telecommunication is an important sector that has rapidly grow in the past few years in Pakistan. The communication system has improved a lot for every user in Pakistan, whether we talk about the internet or telephone. IF we specifically talk about Pakistan, it has achieved the landmark to become the third country that has experienced instant growth in the telecommunication sector in the whole world.
While these factors have drastically evolved, many companies have appeared to provide the best services to the users. Some of them are old but have revamped the whole setup, while others are new and have outstanding market competitiveness records.
So what are those telecom companies in Pakistan? Well, that’s what we are going to talk about in this article.
List of Telecom Companies in Pakistan:
Jazz is the top and oldest Telecom company in Pakistan that is providing exceptional services to users. In the past, the same company tended to be run with the name of Warid and Mobilink. However, the changing of ownership and few unique implementations have made this company Jazz now.
Besides providing you the Mobile Network Services, you can also use this telecom service for internet services. Yes, they are also Internet service providers. For both post-paid and pre-paid SIM holders, they have a bunch of excellent services.
If we generally talk about the list of people who use it, so the majority of the people who belong to the business or corporate sector tend to use the JAZZ Telecom Company for their specific needs. More than 70.27 million peoples in Pakistan are subscribers of this company. More than 8 million people are JazzCash users using it to transfer money from one place to another. However, more than 18 million users have 4G subscriptions, and they use them for Internet purposes. The rest of the other users are the ones who have been using it for business needs.
In 1994, the company was first founded with the name of Mobilink after Motora inc., and saif group has collaborated started this venture. First, however, they have sold the whole market shares to an Egypt-based company Orascom. Later, Orascom made a deal with a Russian-based company Vimpelcom, known as VEON, and is the current parent company of JAZZ.
In Pakistan, Jazz Active cell sites amount ranges to more than 12,500. They have used the latest technology, Fiber-optic cables to over more than 25,000 Kilometers of distance throughout Pakistan for offering their services. Jazz's primary vendors for the networking equipment sectors are ZTE, Nokia-Siemens, and Huawei. The total amount Invested by the JAZZ owners tends to be more than 9 billion US dollars. The Number Code for Jazz Users is 0300, which ranges to 0301, 0302, etc.
Net Worth and CEO of JAZZ:
The Current CEO of JAZZ is Mr. Aamir Hafeez Ibrahim. The Last Expected Net Worth of Jazz Company was around 50.678 billion in Pakistani Rupees and about $316 million in US Currency. Surprisingly, it has grown a lot in the past few months; therefore, the next net worth would be slightly changed.
Jazz is offering you Pre-paid and Post-paid SIMS, which contains different Data, SMS, and Call packages. Moreover, they were also offering you a Mobile banking service named Jazz Cash where you can transfer or receive money just like a normal bank. Meanwhile, you can keep a considerable amount in the Jazz Cash account.
Technological Details about Jazz:
- 900/1800 MHZ GSM 2G/ GPRS 2.5G / EDGE 2.75G.
- Band 1 (2100 MHz) / Band 8 (900 MHz) DC-HSPA+3.75G.
- Band 3 (1800 MHz) FDD-LTE 4G / LTE-A.
- Band 8 (900 MHz) FDD-LTE 4G/LTE-A.
Telenor is the second most popular Telecommunication, Digital, and cellular service provider in Pakistan. The company remains to be the same since the time it has launched in Pakistan. Surprisingly, this company has not merged previously from another name to this name, which is a fantastic thing and a clear sign of its success.
Just like JAZZ, Telenor is also providing you Multiple Services that are based on Call/SMS, Data usage, and Mobile Banking Services. So, depending upon your needs, you can use whatever is best for you. One important thing about the banking service is that Telenor was the one who started this service in Pakistan. After that, many other companies also started providing banking services. So, they are the pioneers of bringing a Mobile banking service in Pakistan, helping many of the users living in the rural areas where the services of banks are not available. So that, they are offering these services and making the life of people easier.
In 2004, Telenor was founded in Pakistan after getting the license to give GSM service to the people of this country. The commercial services started in the year 2015 from Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and Karachi. However, they expand the locations with time. They have headquarters available in almost every capital city, including Hyderabad, Multan, and Faisalabad.
This Company has covered more than 80% of the Area in Pakistan, where Rural and urban areas both come along. 70% of the users use its 4G services, while 30% connect with the 3G services. On top of that, it has more than 11,000 Cell sites throughout Pakistan. They have even installed the Cell sites in the Critical areas of Pakistan like Mohmand Agency.
If we talk about the Owner of this company, so it’s Telenor Group. They are known as the international providers of content, Data, Voice, and Mobile communication service providers with nine market sectors in Asia and Scandinavia. The number code for Telenor is O345, and so on.
Revenue and CEO:
The current CEO of Telenor Pakistan is Irfan Wahab Khan. However, they have annual sales of more than $14 billion as per the last reports.
Telenor is providing the Services of Pre-paid and Post-Paid SIMS whose packages are different. On top of that, they are offering the Mobile banking system known as Easy paisa long with Mobile broadband services.
Technological details about Telenor:
- 900/1800 MHz GSM 2G/GPRS 2.5G/EDGE 2.75G.
- Band 1 (2100 MHz) / Band 5 (850 MHz) HSPA + 3.75G.
- Band 5 (850 MHz) FDD-LTE 4G/LTE-A.
- Band 3 (1800 MHz) FDD-LTE 4G/LTE-A.
Zong is the popular and most usable Mobile network service in Pakistan. Zong Is the first company whose setup is run by an overseas parent Company China Mobile and they have got the license of doing business in Pakistan as a GSM provider from Millicom. The 100% market share of this company owns by China Mobile. Hence, it’s the company that the Chinese run.
If we talk about the GSM Mobile service providers, ZONG comes at the second position and the third-largest in Pakistan by considering the list of users affiliated with it. More than 40 million users are continuously using this Mobile network service in Pakistan.
At first, the owner of this company started the operations back in 1991 as Paktel for providing the Cable and Wireless services. In Pakistan, it was the first company who has got a free license to bring cellular phones. Later on, the company works in various other sectors of Pakistan. However, it becomes a Mobile network provider in the year 2008, as ZONG. They have got the license from Millicom to start the services in Pakistan. The same Paktel was rebranded with the name of Zong.
The owner of this company has invested more than $2 billion in the ZONG services and infrastructure since 2008. However, they plan to invest more than $1 billion in the future to upscale its quality services and come at the top position.
The exciting thing about Zong is that they have used the Solar power cell sites formula in various locations to increase its services. Meanwhile, they have more than 10,000 base stations throughout Pakistan. So ZTE Pakistan is the one providing the Transmission tower, IT support, microwave links, and network base station services for this company, which is outstanding.
The head Quarter of Zong Company is available in the Capital Cities of Pakistan, including their main headquarters, which is available in the Capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. The exciting thing about ZONG is that they have successfully tested the 5G services, which might also come out for the users in the future who have 5G enabled mobile devices. The number code for Zong is 0315, and so on.
Revenue and CEO:
The CEO of Zong is Wang Hua, who is a Citizen of China. Therefore, it’s the first mobile network with an overseas CEO. The revenue of Zong is not revealed right now, but it’s expected that they are near to the above two Mobile network providers we have discussed in the article.
Zong is offering Mobile Banking services with the name Pay, Max. On the other hand, they offer Pre-Paid, Post-paid, and Mobile broadband services to users in Pakistan.
Technological Details about Zong:
- 900/1800 MHz GSM 2G/GPRS 2.5G/EDGE 2.75G.
- Band 1 (2100 MHz) DC-HSPA+3.75G.
- Ban 3 (1800 MHz) FDD-LTE 4G/LTE-A.
- Band 1 (2100 MHz) FDD-LTE 4G/LTE-A.
Ufone is the Second Oldest Company after Jazz who started its operation in Pakistan back in 2001. It’s the only Mobile network service provider in Pakistan, owned by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd.
General Pervaiz Musharraf was the one who has inaugurated the Service at the time he was the prime minister of Pakistan. He has also inaugurated Telenor Services in Pakistan before. In 2006, the company became the Emirates Telecommunications corporation group (Etisalat) part.
The Mobile network company has headquarters available in almost every capital city of Pakistan, including other cities. Meanwhile, the main headquarter of Ufone is available in Islamabad, which is the capital of Pakistan. Also, they are serving more than 2,366 locations of Pakistan, including all of the motorways and National highways. The Network Code for Ufone is 0332, 0333, and so on.
Revenue and CEO:
In 2020, Ufone generated more than 96 billion of revenue by the end of September. However, the latest revenue list will come after the end of 2021. On the other hand, Rashid khan was the one who has served as the CEO of Ufone for a long time. From 2008 to 2014, he was there as the CEO. In 2017, he was again appointed as an Acting CEO, but he died in December 2020. Right now, the president and GCEO of Ufone is Hatem Bamatraf.
- Mobile Banking (U-Paisa).
- Post-Paid and Pre-Paid.
- Mobile Broadband.
Technological Details about Ufone:
- 900/1800 MHZ GSM 2G/ GPRS 2.5G/Edge 2.75G.
- Band 1 (2100 MHz) / Band 8 (900 MHz) HSPA + 3.75G.
- Band 3 (1800 MHz) FDD-LTE 4G.
Scom is the oldest and most usable mobile network service in Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir. The Company was founded back in 1976, which makes it the oldest one in Pakistan. The only reason it doesn’t thrive or become more successful in Pakistan is that they are not covering Pakistan. Gilgit and Kashmir are their covered area to provide the services. Why? Because the other mobile networks are not in operations for these areas, which is the primary reason for its usage in these areas.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication of Pakistan has been parenting this company and looking after everything since it was founded in Pakistan. With the time, the ministry has invested and worked upon the latest technologies of this company with a 2500 kilometer optical fiber cable installation to the depth and critical areas of Gilgit and Azad Kashmir. Their services are available for both the private and public sectors of these two areas.
In terms of services, it wasn’t that superior or satisfactory for Azad Kashmir or Gilgit users. Moreover, the political influences don’t allow the other companies to start their services for these areas. However, the government has raised enough funds for the mobile network services to work on the gaps that do them a poor performance service and become a better one in the future. For example, the mobile number code of SCOM is 0355x, and so on.
Revenue and CEO:
In the year 2020, they have earned more than 5.5 billion Pakistani Rupees. On the other hand, Khalid Ch. Is the CEO of SCOM.
- Mobile Banking (S-Paisa).
- Postpaid and Prepaid.
- Fixed Broadband.
Technological Details about SCOM:
- 900 MHz GSM.
- Band 1 (2100 MHz) UMTS/HSUPA.
- Band 3 (1800 MHz) LTE.