For numerous years, Pakistan’s population was serviced by a shabby and poorly run telecom network. Installation and fixing of landlines was an unnecessarily worrying experience with consumers making quite a few trips to the complaint centers before any problem could be effectively fixed. Poor quality, expensive local and international calling prices and mismanagement all made Pakistan Telecom one of the most lowly regarded utilities in Pakistan. But all that became history with the deregulation of the telephone sector in Pakistan in the new millennium.
The initiative, which was meant to assist mostly the masses and small businesses in Pakistan, paid off past any hopes. The substantial population of greater than a hundred and fifty million Pakistanis was a profitable incentive for mobile and cellular firms all over the globe and in spite of licenses being handed to a good many notable international corporations, the pie was profitable enough for everybody to take pleasure in and gain substantially.
Cellular call prices plummeted quickly as the competition became more severe and services like incoming calls, which were previously charged heftily, soon became free. Other services like text or SMS messages became really cheap and emerged as a new found and highly frequent way of interaction. Teenagers and old people alike just could not get their fill. To further appeal to a younger subscriber base, special low prices were charged for late night calls with more reductions available for a personally picked number on the same set-up. Internet surfing capacity on cell phones and picture messaging soon made their debut as well.
At approximately the same time, cell phone know-how improved tremendously, allowing cell phone users to carry smaller sized, more manageable phones that were fairly economical. Popular phones like Samsung, LG, Blackberry, Apple’s iPhone, Sony Ericsson and Nokia were all easily available and there was a cell phone to meet any and every consumer’s wants and price range. Chains of cell phone sellers were set up all over the major cities with the up-to-the-minute technology affordable a couple of months after their worldwide debut. Chinese and resold stolen phones were also common at significantly lower prices with total malls geared towards the sale of similar kinds of phones. Those people, who had not subscribed to a land line in their life, now had access to economical and consistent cell phone communication.
Cellular phone corporations presented consumers with a good many pricing preferences and packages. A large number of companies provided a pre-paid and post-paid billing preference, with many convenient locations to pay for bills or buy credit. Scratch cards were broadly circulated and were affordable in nearly all retails markets, large and small. Small service providers like painters and gardeners, who were now carrying cell phones, could be found anywhere and saw their business multiply by a considerable amount. Very swiftly a cell phone became an important part of regular life. It was regarded simple and an important way to communicate in case of emergencies.
The cell phone telecommunication sector soon raced ahead of the usual cable based fixed lines in terms of subscription and share. So rapid was the expansion that Pakistan was at one time the fastest growing telecommunication business globally. Competition between the main firms forced not only mobile phone communication prices to remain low but also tremendously improved the services provided by Pakistan Telecommunications.
The subscribers were not the solitary beneficiaries of the telecommunication expansion in Pakistan. The business to the government from this sector rose greatly as well. Cellular phone communication providers are stretching out into connected technologies, such as wireless high speed internet, as well. This means more business for these corporations and superior prices and service dependability for the users. With new and used PCs becoming commonly available and economical, it looks as if the subsequent technological revolution in Pakistan is Pakistan is going to be as impressive.
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