Demographical and statistical analysis of Smartphone and internet users in Pakistan


Pakistan is the nation of about 190 Million people as of now, which makes it the 6th most populated country of the World. These are heck of inhabitants, which any industry or manufacturers would like to capture as target market – just like Smartphone manufacturers did.

Pakistan now has close to 150 million mobile subscribers. A growing number of those are smartphone owners who are pushing forward adoption of web services like ecommerce and social media. Gertjan van Laar, an app developer who published a report on smartphone usage in Pakistan, tells Tech in Asia that smartphone adoption has reached between 7 and 10 percent of the population – in contrast to the general mobile penetration rate of 80 percent.

But that means Pakistan has a lot of room for growth. Laar and his team at Grappetite dug into data and also conducted a survey to find out more about the current mobile landscape in Pakistan – and then put it all into the infographic you see below. Here are some of the highlights:

Statistical Analysis

  • Android is Pakistan’s top smartphone OS with 68 percent share just among smartphone users
  • iOS is second on 24 percent share; Windows Phone is third on eight percent
  • Samsung is the top brand; iPhone is second; homegrown phone-maker QMobile is third

35% of the smartphone users in Pakistan carry a low cost phone on them for safety reasons. 68% of the smartphone users in Pakistan are on Android. 60% of the Pakistani's use more than one cell phone.

Recently 3G was introduced in Pakistan and the smartphone market is rapidly expanding. Most Pakistani marketers and business owners wonder when they should start thinking about their own app.

  • 35% of the smartphone users in Pakistan carries a low cost phone on them for safety reasons.
  • 77 % of smartphone users are just 21 to 30 years old
  • 60% of the Pakistani’s use more than one cell phone.

Brand Popularity

  • Samsung is said to be the most famous brand with 34 percent market share, while iPhone is popular among 24 percent smartphone users in Pakistan. 21 percent smartphone users rely on QMobile a device which is just above Nokia that holds 20% percent market-share.


  • According to infographic, 16% smartphone users regularly buy paid apps while remaining 84% contents with free apps.

Although, 3G and 4G telecom services are just been launched in the middle of last year 2014 locally, but the Smartphone penetration was on hike for many years. The rationale behind this infiltration initiated significantly in the past, when low-cost Chinese Smartphone were being in Pakistan inside the year 2008.

Smartphone Footsteps and Sales IN PAKISTAN

According to reports, the Smartphone penetration in Pakistan during 2014 was about 20% in comparison with immense 80% mobile users still own a conventional feature phone, which allows them to make and receive calls with traditional SMS proficiency only.

Noteworthy thing here is that experts predict that the Smartphone penetration will hot 40% to 50 % in 2015, because of 3G/4G expansion in Pakistan.

As we know that Pakistan is a price conscious market therefore more than 65% Pakistanis carrylow cost Chinese Smartphone (QMobile), among all Smartphone chunk.

Furthermore, currently as per stats average 1.5 to 2 million Smartphone are being sold every month in Pakistan, and the figure is surely going to rise. Importantly thing about them is that 70% of them are Android Smartphone.

Market Share State OF PAKISTAN

QMobile is conquering the Pakistani android based Smartphone market with over 50% market share. Reason is understandable, offering whole lots of different models that too in ultra-affordable cost. And icing on the cake is the vigorous advertising campaigns mainly through TVC’s, amid at casting big celebrities of not only Pakistan but from neighboring India too.

Samsung comes second in the rank as per android Smartphone sales in the country is concern. Company imports over 100,000 units annually in Pakistan and holds a well reputable position mainly among tech savvy Smartphone users.

Then other player shares the market proportionately brands like iPhone, Huawei, Voice, HTC, LG, Nokia With sales fluctuations these brands position remains unsure.


Since the 3G/4G data advantages are being launched by all five telecom operators of Pakistan last year and the coverage in more cities is established with time, the Smartphone doorway is wide open for Smartphone. Furthermore, with accessibility of affordable high-speed internet plans in the country conventional mobile phone users will definitely allure towards Smartphone for its utilization. Therefore, significant boost in Smartphone incursion in Pakistan into future is projected.


The internet service in Pakistan has been available since 1990. Information and communications technology (ICT) is one of the fastest growing industries in the Pakistan. In 2001, around 1.3% population of the country were using internet. By the end of 2006, figure had risen to 6.5% and in 2012; it had reached to 10%. At present, 11% of the population is using internet in Pakistan.

Pakistan has yet to see a concentrated boost in internet access and use beyond its major urban centers. Even within the country’s more affluent urban areas, internet use is far from pervasive. The International Telecommunications Union lists the number of internet users in Pakistan overall at about 18.5 million in a population of almost 181 million. Within the 2008 BBC survey used here only about 3 percent of respondents reported being an internet user. Nearly all of these respondents resided in urban areas and a majority of them reported having access to the internet at home.

Although household access to the internet continues to be too expensive for a vast majority, 10 percent of respondents said they do have access to the internet “anywhere”. Out of all internet users in the survey 38 percent did not have home access to the internet, revealing that a large portion of users are dependent on accessing the internet at work, school or an internet café.

Urban Siddhi’s have a higher level of access (“anywhere” and at home) than any other urban-rural grouping to the internet or to a computer – but internet access does not equal use. In fact, even though 17 percent have web access at home and 34 percent have access anywhere, regular internet use is just ten percent.

Education plays an important role as an indicator for the development of e-skills, with a secondary education acting as a key indicator. Even though within the survey only 6 percent of respondents with a secondary education are regular (monthly) internet user, they make up some 42 percent of those who are regular users. Income also plays an obvious role in whether in individual is an internet user, as the high cost of home access continues to be prohibitive.

The Internet as a Political Tool

Despite the relative lack of internet connectivity overall in Pakistan, the medium has been particularly influential during time of political crisis. In November 2007, during the Musharraf regime’s declared state of emergency, which created a media wide black out, Pakistan’s intelligentsia and growing middle class turned to the internet for news and organizing capabilities.

Much of the political organizing that took place was on college campuses. Attesting to the importance of internet access in universities, as home access continues to be too expensive for most. Online activities took the form of new blogs dedicated to protest groups and as Facebook groups looking to galvanize student bodies and to spread the word about flash protests. Also driving the democracy movement online were some of the banned private TV channels, including Geo, Aaj, and ARY. Once these channels were banned reporters and news anchors continued to film news stories and then stream the video over the web keeping Pakistanis aware of recent developments.

Statistical Analysis

  • Average cost for internet in Pakistan is: Rs. 1024.46.
  • 53 % think that internet cost on Mobile phone is expensive.
  • 69 % of internet users in Pakistan have full time jobs.
  • 99 % of internet population from Pakistan visit English language websites
  • There are now 30 million internet users in Pakistan, 15 million of who browse the web using their mobile phone.
  • According to the report, internet penetration in the country has reached 16%, while broadband subscribers have more than doubled in the last two years.
  • Terming Pakistan ‘the fifth largest mobile phone market in Asia,’ the report cited 10% smartphone penetration, although 80% of phones were found to be costing less than $100.
  • The report also cited an encouraging 11% of internet mobile visits out of 182 million total page views in April, 2013.
  • Detailed findings from the report are below.