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The COVID-19 lockdowns and work-and-study-from-home have really given even the best of Internet service providers in Pakistan a run for their money. These times have proven that nowadays, internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Thus, great performance in this regard so that the people are able to do their work and study seamlessly gauges for Pakistan’s internet service providers.
As such, these challenging times have enabled the Pakistanis to separate the poor internet providers from the good-quality ISPs. This has driven these Internet Service Providers to not only revisit their service approaches but also rework its offerings and infrastructure.
However, pertaining to Internet connectivity problems, there isn’t a specific ISP still that could claim to be ‘the best’. Of course, there are many great ones and both ISPs and mobile broadband companies claim to have better connectivity and offerings than their competition. But, not many of them have so far given a solution that’s equally friendly to the budgets of their users and are reliable as well as innovative.
For instance, Internet users in Pakistan’s capital – Islamabad – have often complained of not having many options for home internet. Presently, Nayatel practically has a monopoly in Fiber to the Home (FTTH) connectivity in Islamabad. With PTCL’s old DSL infrastructure leaving the disgruntled users with little choice, Nayatel didn’t take much time to fill the void left by it and conquer the market with its fiber optics solution.
Today, internet users in the capital city have only two choices for getting even a relatively reliable connection for their homes i.e. they either subscribe to Nayatel or else, go for limited Mobile broadband solutions that do not offer consistent speeds or even unlimited volumes like other FTTH connections.
Nayatel’s Monopoly Comes to an End
It seems like Nayatel’s days of near-monopoly over the city are soon coming to an end as PTCL looks to rise from the ashes once again. It is making a slow and steady effort with its expanding fiber GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks) footprint in Islamabad’s major Nayatel strongholds in order to duke it out with the rival company and potentially convert users.
This steady comeback means people have more than one option to choose from if they are looking to get a fiber-based home connection. It is a universally proven fact that competition in the market is always a good things on the consumer side of things. The good news doesn’t end just there for Islamabad’s broadband users.
Things are looking like they will just continue to go on an upwards spiral as more and more entrants are coming in to plug the FTTH connectivity gaps that are left in the city. For example, Transworld Home is expanding its footprint from DHA to Islamabad’s key sectors, starting from the F10 sector. It had already been serving in a few phases of Bahria Town as well as DHA but now it has set up its services in the aforementioned area too.
StormFiber Enters the FTTH Market
As per sources, after PTCL and Transworld, Stormfiber (by Cybernet) – the Karachi and Lahore FTTH leader – is also planning an entry into Islamabad’s FTTH market in the upcoming future. For this purpose, the company has already begun to lay the fiber-optic network in Islamabad’s major areas. These include F7, F8, F10, F11, Diplomatic Enclave and Blue Area as well.
After successfully winning over Karachi’s internet market as well as of eight other cities, StormFiber is looking to replicate its formula of success and isn’t holding back in challenging Nayatel to become a leading FTTH service provider in the capital. Its evident by the sightings of StormFiber teams carrying out fiber laying in F8 markaz as well as in areas where Nayatel has a strong customer base.
This means that StormFiber, Transworld, and PTCL are now actively laying their fiber infrastructure in the city. PTCL is laying its fiber-optic infrastructure in F7 areas while TW is developing in the F10 sector. So, it seems as if major ISPs have found the fiber connectivity gaps in Islamabad and are filling them with potentially better offerings and connection.
With all this new competition stepping in, the present FTTH leader – Nayatel – could soon face some competition, which is always good for the consumer as stated above. As such, it will be vital for these ISPs to match — or even better beat — Nayatel’s quality of service to remain relevant within the market in a long term.
Undoubtedly though, the result of this being that Islamabad residents will finally have more FTTH options for their home connectivity to choose from is definitely a great thing.