Internet growth in Pakistan has made strides over the last 5 to 10 years and broadband connectivity is at its highest ever. Less than a decade ago, internet cafes were hotspots for people flocking to use the internet as broadband at home was near to impossible to get. This is mostly due to the rapid expansion of internet service providers in Pakistan.
Internet dial-up cards were quite famous prior to the expansion of DSL services. A few years later, millions of Pakistanis have high speed internet and Wi-Fi overage in and around their homes. The governments of various provinces and cities have also taken responsibility to provide free wireless internet coverage in public areas such as parks, bus stands and well-known eating points.
According to a 2016 report by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), more than 30 million Pakistanis are now using internet services either through telecom networks or internet service providers in Pakistan.
How Many Internet Service Providers in Pakistan Are There?
If you start doing the research, you’ll find hundreds all around the country. Some cater only to consumers, while others choose the corporate path or end up doing both. Despite the large number of internet service providers in Pakistan, there are only a few which have lived up to promise of providing quality connectivity to users across the spectrum.
Here is our list of the largest internet service providers in Pakistan which you should know about:
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Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)
PTCL is by far, the largest internet service provider in Pakistan. Spanning over 2,000 cities across the country, PTCL is the real player when it comes to corporate and consumer broadband connectivity. It is not only the largest, but also the oldest provider of telecommunication services dating back to the creation of the country in 1947.
Where no other internet service provider in Pakistan is able to provide service, PTCL is usually available with its broadband and even wireless 4G services. They have some of the most affordable packages with unlimited usage options as well based on your budget.
PTCL is also one of the two companies which manages internet connectivity of Pakistan with the rest of the world through the undersea fiber cables.
PTCL Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Throughout the country.
Internet Packages Offered by PTCL: 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 4Mbps, 8Mbps, 12Mbps, 16Mbps, 20Mbps, 30Mbps, 50Mbps, 100Mbps
PTCL Contact for New Internet Connections: Call 1218 or Visit the PTCL Online Store
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If you are living, travelling to or a long-time resident of Islamabad or Rawalpindi, NayaTel is probably your choice for internet, television and phone services for your home or office. NayaTel, a sister concern of Micronet Broadband and now recently taken over by Jazz, has operated largely in the twin cities alone and is now just beginning to expand to other cities.
NayaTel is also the first internet service provider in Pakistan to introduce Fiber-to-Home (FTTH) in South Asia. That’s a major achievement for sure. NayaTel may not be the largest, or even close to being the largest ISP in Pakistan, but it does provide quality internet, television and landline services for its consumers at a premium price.
Unfortunately, NayaTel does not have a completely unlimited download package. Instead, NayaTel offers a variety of packages which have certain download limits with time slots throughout the day which allow for unlimited downloading.
NayaTel Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad.
Internet Packages Offered by NayaTel: All home packages are 7Mbps during regular time frames with a boost of 10Mbps and 12Mbps depending on the one you choose to go with. Bandwidth limits are 45 GB and 55 GB with different speed variations which you can choose based on your internet needs.
NayaTel Contact for New Internet Connections: Call +92 51 111 114 444 or Visit the Nayatel Online Application Form
Pakistan had another breakthrough in the field of internet connectivity as Wateen launched the largest WiMax network in the region. It also became the largest operation for WiMax services in the world, but has been lacking behind in regards to consumer adaptability. This was mostly due to costs associated with setting up connections at home.
Wateen is now focusing more on providing DSL and fiber services to consumers and corporate clients. Making it one of the largest internet services providers in Pakistan.
Wateen Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Lahore and Multan.
Internet Packages Offered by Wateen: 4Mbps, 10Mbps, 16Mbps and 20Mbps.
Wateen Contact for New Internet Connections: Call 111-365-111 or Visit the Online Wateen Contact Form
Another renowned wireless broadband provider in Pakistan is Wi-Tribe. Their devices and overall connection rates are affordable and easy to setup. The best thing about Wi-Tribe internet services is that all you need to get great internet at home is to get the device from the company outlet, setup your account and turn it on. No cables involved.
Moving on to improved LTE-A services, Wi-Tribe is expanding not only their network coverage in Pakistan, but also boosting speeds like never before. Wi-Tribe is widely available in the cities of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
WiTribe Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Throughout the country.
Internet Packages Offered WiTribe: 2Mbps, 3Mbps, 4Mbps and 5Mbps.
WiTribe Contact for New Internet Connections: Call 111-187-423 or Visit the WiTribe Website.
The closest competitor in Pakistan to Wi-Tribe is Qubee. Also using WiMAX technology, Qubee gives consumers the chance to get highspeed internet at home without the need to do any cabling or underground installation. All you need to get Qubee internet working is a device and an active account within their covered areas.
With internet packages starting from just Rs. 800/month, there isn’t really anything to lose when you signup with Qubee. Serving the regions of Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Qubee is a sure bet on our list of the largest internet service providers in Pakistan.
Qubee Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
Internet Packages Offered by Qubee: 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 3Mbps and 4Mbps.
Qubee Contact for New Internet Connections: Call 111-078-233 or Visit the Qubee Website.
Now that we’re done talking about those internet service providers in Pakistan which provide DSL and broadband services, it’s now time to discuss highspeed fiber. When it comes to getting top level speeds, great coverage at an even better price, Fiberlink is the ISP you need to go with.
Unlike all other internet services providers in Pakistan we just talked about, Fiberlink provides packages up to 150 Mbps with unlimited usage in the true sense. No strings attached and no fair usage policies makes Fiberlink an amazing investment to make.
The drawback here is that Fiberlink is not operating in all areas of the major Pakistani cities. At the moment, there is limited coverage in the cities of Karachi, Hyderabad, Faisalabad and Lahore. But users who are currently experiencing Fiberlink services are hardly ever likely to choose another path.
It takes about a month to install the fiber connection to your home/office, but once the connection is active, be prepared to experience speeds like never before.
Fiberlink Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Karachi, Hyderabad, Faisalabad and Lahore.
Internet Packages Offered by Fiberlink: 12Mbps, 20Mbps, 40Mbps, 100Mbps, 150Mbps and 200Mbps.
Fiberlink Contact for New Internet Connections: Call 111-456-123 or Visit the Fiberlink Online Contact Form.
Even more restricted in the areas they service, but known for blazing fast speeds, unlimited usage and high quality fiber, television and phone service, OPTIX is the name to go with.
OPTIX , Fiberlink and Stormfiber are the future of amazing internet in Pakistan and the former is leading the way. Right now, OPTIX is only available in very limited areas of Karachi and Lahore, but is rapidly expanding across Pakistan.
If OPTIX is available in your area, you could get an internet connection starting from 2 Mbps all the way to 60 Mbps with television and phone. Unlimited usage is the basic standard for all of their packages as well.
OPTIX Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Karachi and Lahore.
Internet Packages Offered by OPTIX: 2Mbps, 4Mbps, 10Mbps, 15Mbps, 20Mbps, 24Mbps, 32Mbps, 40Mbps and 60Mbps.
OPTIX Contact for New Internet Connections: Call 11-11-OPTIX or Visit the Optix Sign Up Form.
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Faisalabad gets a taste of fiber to home as well with Stormfiber. Unlike many of the internet service providers in Pakistan, Stormfiber has focused on giving consumers a number of great packages to choose from, including the people of Faisalabad.
Packages start from Rs. 1,999 for a 10 Mbps connection, which is by far the best value for money. The Stormfiber name is enough to ensure quality as it is powered by Cybernet and available in limited areas of Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad.
Like Optix, Stormfiber also provides high quality fiber to home, television and phone services for its consumers.
Stormfiber Coverage Areas in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad.
Internet Packages Offered by Stormfiber: 15Mbps, 20Mbps and 30Mbps.
Stormfiber Contact for New Internet Connections: Call 021 111-178-676 or Visit the Stormfiber Online Sign Up Form.
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