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What is broadband?
In telecommunications, broadband is wide bandwidth data transmission which transports multiple signals and traffic types. The medium can be coaxial cable, optical fiber, radio or twisted pair.
Broadband is a type of high-speed internet connection that has surpassed dial-up as the standard way to connect to the internet.
Broadband packages come in all shapes and sizes, from ADSL broadband to cable broadband and 3G and 4G mobile broadband.
A broadband connection, like a telephone line, is never switched off and can be accessed at any time.
ISPs working in Pakistan
Following is the list of major ISPs working in Pakistan which provide reliable broadband connection. Their speed & service quality may differ in different regions of Pakistan, and some of them might not be present in some areas of Pakistan as well, but these ISPs are considered as major ISPs of Pakistan.
PTCL is the largest internet service provider in Pakistan and is by far the most accessible and most used one in the list. The semi-government company has a strong fiber backbone including its own undersea cables
Customers get to choose from 20mbps, 30mbps, 50mbps, 100mbps & even 250mbps*
PTCL also offers free PTCL Smart TV (and Smart TV App), free unlimited on-net calls and with certain packages, you get free international calls as well.
PTCL CharJi mobile broadband devices are commonly in use these days which provide reliable mobile portable data hotspot. PTCL’s previous EVO wireless devices are obsolete these days.
StormFiber claims to be Pakistan’s most reliable fiber backed home broadband service provider in Pakistan. But this is not the case according to most of the users at the moment.
Storm Fiber offers 10mbps in 5999, 20mbps in 6999, 30mbps in 7999 PKR with one month of free internet. They also have higher bandwidths which you can see on their website.
Nayatel is available in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad offering FTTH services to thousands of customers across these cities. The company is well known for its triple play packages and good support service.
The ISP also offers a separate 10mbps channels with unlimited YouTube streaming all day long. The triple play package includes standard telephony and SD or HD television.
Wi-Tribe is a Qatar based company which launched is operations in Pakistan in 2007. According to PTA, in 2010, Wi-Tribe was the top ISP in Pakistan in terms of quality. Its coverage area is Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Wi-Tribe offers multifarious packages and devices ranging from dongles, wired connections, 3G, 4G and prepaid devices.
Offering fiber optic broadband services in area of Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore and Faisalabad, Fiberlink claims to be the fastest ISP in Pakistan.
Fiberlink offers speeds of up to 200mbps to household users. Starting at Rs. 1,500 for 12mbps, customers get to choose from several packages including 20mbps (Rs. 2,000), 40mbps (Rs. 2,500), 100mbps (Rs. 4,000), 150mbps (Rs. 4,500) and 200mbps (Rs. 4,800).
That’s not all, the speed doubles during the night (2:30AM to 9:00AM), even for the 200mbps package. Those who pay for the whole year upfront also get additional discounts on the monthly bill.
Worldcall is an old player in the Pakistani ISP market, however, the company has now restricted its consumer services to just Lahore and Karachi.
Users get to choose from speeds of up to 10mbps at affordable rates. All connections make use of the company’s fiber optic network.
Of all the ISPs, world call is the cheapest in terms of their rates but still, they provide a reliable data connection.
Wateen Telecom is a converged communication services provider based in Lahore, Pakistan, and is a sister concern of Warid Telecom. The company was incorporated in 2005 and began its operations in 2007 with the deployment of the largest fibre optic network in the country.
Qubee was launched in 2007. It covers Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It offers prepaid, postpaid, SME and Youth packages. Qubee is not as much reputed as other ISPs and they have limited service areas as well. Most of the Qubee users are not switching to other ISPs due to better customer support and services.
COMSATS Internet Services
CIS is connected with CIIT (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology) and covers all major cities of Pakistan. It has been working in Pakistan for past 18 years. It is considered on of the reliable ISPs in the country, but for some reason their services and packages are limited and people are switching.
Which is the BEST INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER IN PAKISTAN?
Well, we haven’t tested all of the ISPs personally, but based on user experience and reviews, NAYATEL is considered as the best internet service provider in Pakistan. CIS is connected with CIIT (COMSATS Institute of Information Technology) and covers all major cities of Pakistan. The only thing is they have their limited coverage area in Pakistan only in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and its neighboring areas.
So, we give the winning medal to PTCL, because of their all countrywide reach, even in far-flung areas, reasonable speed and prices. But PTCL is falling behind due to recent rise of better ISPs in the country and it is only a matter of time PTCL will be forgotten if private ISPs expand their reach throughout the country.
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