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Aug 21, 2004
Bridging the cellular divide ---- by Saher Latif, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Full article
Since 2003, one sector in Pakistan has seen more than eight billion dollars in investment, an
increase in its customer base to 52 per cent of the population from just five per cent, has contributed
to some five per cent of the country’s GDP, and been responsible for the creation of up to a million
Pakistan’s telecommunications sector has, in the span of just five years, seen mobile phone
subscriptions increase to 86 million from one million. In a population of 165 million, where only
4.5 million people have fixed-line telephones, the rapid expansion of the cellular market has been
nothing short of a telecoms revolution.