Latency and Web Page Load Speeds on Mobile Networks in Pakistan Are Below Average: PTA

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has carried out an independent Quality of Service (QoS) Survey in 14 cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Balochistan to measure the performance and quality of Cellular Mobile Operators’ (CMOs) services being provided to their customers.

In Balochistan, the survey was conducted in the cities of Ziarat, Mastung, Khuzdar, Sibbi, and Usta Muhammad. In Punjab, the survey was conducted in Faisalabad, Gojra, Multan, and Khanewal while the it was carried out in Mingora, Batkhela, Mardan, Abbottabad, and Haripur in KP.

Based upon the compliance level of each KPI against the threshold defined in the respective licenses and QoS Regulations, CMOs have been ranked between 1st to 4th position in Mobile Network Coverage and Voice Services as per compliance level in surveyed cities.

Similarly, in the Mobile Broadband Speed segment, the ranking has been done with respect to the highest data download and upload speed, network latency, and webpage loading time.

Survey Results

The survey results revealed that CMOs are compliant with respect to upload and download speed to a great extent, while network latency and webpage loading time was found below the threshold. Similarly, SMS and voice KPIs have also been found below the licensed threshold in some areas.

Eventually, necessary instructions have been issued to the operators for taking corrective measures so as to ensure improvement in the service quality up to the standards. The survey results have been placed on PTA’s website for information of the subscribers.

During the survey, KPIs enlisted in the Next Generation Mobile Service (NGMS) license and Cellular Mobile Network Quality of Service (QoS) Regulations 2021, were checked using the state-of-the-art automated QoS Monitoring & Benchmarking Tool.

The Drive test teams selected survey routes in such a manner to cover main roads, service roads, and the majority of sectors/colonies in the surveyed areas.

The service quality monitoring activity is being carried out by PTA field teams with the ultimate aim to pursue the operators for the provision of better mobile services and to promote healthy competition among the operators.

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