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 Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mobile penetration in Pakistan surpassed 50% during the second quarter of 2008, with an end-June figure of 51.0%. The total number of mobile connections at the end of the month was 88.02m. With monthly net additions averaging around 1.9m so far this year, the 90m mark looks set to be surpassed before the end of the third quarter.

However, growth has been slowing for some time now, and in June the monthly growth rate hit a new low of 1.5%. On a rolling annual basis, growth dipped below 40% for the first time since 2000, although 39.4% still represents a strong annual rate.

Orascom’s Pakistani subsidiary Mobilink remains the country’s market leader by some distance with 32.03m customers at the end of June.

Rolling Annual Customer Growth, June 06 – June 08

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Source: Cellular News.