Pakistan wireless market growth exceeds expectations

The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) expects the number of mobile phone users in the country to surpass 30 million within the next three years. The mobile industry in Pakistan is experiencing tremendous growth as the number of mobile customers increased to 15 million this year, almost tripling the 5 million reported in 2004. The growth of the past year exceeded PTA and government expectations that had predicted 3 million new users in 2005. The majority of mobile phone users are based in urban areas. Currently there are six wireless operators serving Pakistan. The PTA said it will aim to keep that number the same.

For more on Pakistan's mobile market:
- scroll through this piece from the PakTribune