Saturday, September 18, 2021

Internet & Communications in Pakistan

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If you are calling Pakistan from outside the nation, the country code is +92. In bigger districts, phone numbers are seven digits long with a two-digit city code, and in smaller districts, six digits long with a three-digit city code, for a total of nine digits (except for Azad Kashmir). Mobile phone numbers, on the other hand, are all seven digits long and begin with the four-digit network code “03XX,” where XX denotes the cellular operator. As a result, unlike in North America, Pakistani mobile numbers are tied to a single cellular carrier rather than a specific location. As a result, dialing the city prefix in addition to the cellular prefix is not recommended. When dialing a city or cell number from outside Pakistan, remove the first zero and prefix the ’92’ country code after dialing your country’s international access code, like in many other nations. Thus, dialing TelenorTM mobile number 765 4321 from the United States or Canada would result in 011 92 345 765 4321, while dialing Peshawar landline 234-5678 from France or the United Kingdom would result in 00 92 91 234-5678.

00 is the international access code for calls made from Pakistan.

PTCL provides both fixed and mobile phone services.

There are Public Call Offices all throughout the nation. A PCO may be found in almost half of all general shops, where someone is typically on hand to answer the phone and fax. Fees will be calculated based on the amount of time you spend on the phone, and you will be charged after you have completed your call.

The fact that all Pakistani cellular carriers utilize the GSM platform means that cellular phones may be easily swapped between providers throughout the country.

A few years ago, cell phones were considered a status symbol, but the telecoms sector has seen a bit of a boom since 2002. Nowadays, there isn’t a single individual in the nation who does not own a personal mobile phone. There are a number of service providers that provide a wide range of plans. Mobilink, Warid Telecom, Telenor, Ufone, and Zong are among them (China Mobile). Purchasing a mobile phone and using a prepaid plan to stay connected while in the country is a good option. Mobile phones and prepaid contracts are both inexpensive; a new cell phone costs about Rs 2,000, while a prepaid connection costs around Rs 150-400.

Due to security concerns, you will be required to submit official documentation such as visas, residence permits, and a written statement that you will not use the given phone number for any unlawful activity in order to buy a SIM card. Possession of an unconfirmed SIM card will be regarded a severe and punishable offense beginning in March 2015.


Cybercafés may be found on almost every street corner, with hourly prices as low as Rs 15-20. Don’t be too impatient since they generally don’t have a fast operating system. Typically, they utilize 14-inch monitors with Windows 2000, Windows 98, or Windows XP loaded. The majority of the cafés offer an adequate internet connection.

Internet access on notebook computers is simple with the assistance of GPRS-enabled mobile connections, which are supported by almost all of the five mobile carriers. Mobilink offers EDGE service in a few parts of Karachi, although Telenor’s EDGE coverage is much broader. GPRS/EDGE use costs between Rs 10 and Rs 18 every MB of data transmitted, while Zong charges Rs 15 per hour. If you want to download a lot more, you may choose for limitless packages, which are currently only available from Warid, Mobilink, and Telenor. USB Modem is also available from World Call and Ufone. All mobile service providers provide 3G and 4G connections, at rates that are virtually identical to EDGE.

GPRS/EDGE packages are also available, bringing the price down even more.

WiMax internet service providers include Wateen, Mobilink Infinity, WiTribe, and Qubee. A USB EVo gadget is available from PTCL, a national telecommunications provider, for very fast internet connections.

There are Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels, malls, and cafes/restaurants all across Pakistan.