To say the internet has changed our way of life over the last two to three decades would be an understatement. For starters, you would not be reading this if you did not have internet access. Our reliance on the internet continues to grow every day so much so that it is impossible to imagine a world without it. Internet in Pakistan has also come a long way since the early 1990s. Remember those dial-up tones that would take ages to connect? Today, there are over 34 million internet users in Pakistan – roughly 18% of the population. To satisfy our need of being online 24/7 (thank you, social media), our choice of internet service provider is essential. Here are the key things you need to consider before making that choice:
- Your purpose of use: Are you addicted to movies, TV shows, YouTube? Do you use the internet mainly for emails and browsing websites like the news? Or are you just interested in what is trending on social media? Your style of usage will determine what the best fit for you is. If you are an avid online gamer or video junkie, it would be best to go for a higher speed and unlimited bandwidth.
- Number of people/devices: The more people/devices connected to the Wi-Fi network at once, the lower the speed each device gets. If you are a single person living alone, you may get away with a package on the lower end of the speed/bandwidth spectrum. This would not be the case if you are a family of 5 or more. It is the number of devices being used simultaneously that is important. In the age of laptops, smartphones and tablets, sharing the internet between 10 devices at a time can get quite frustrating. Luckily for you, we allow you to compare all the different options available in one place!
- Where you live: Let’s assume you have decided that you need a super-fast unlimited broadband connection. Is it even available in your city/area? In terms of coverage, PTCL has the widest range. There are other established operators like Wateen and Wi-Tribe as well as new entrants like Optix (only in Lahore and Karachi) who have relatively limited coverage. If you are a frequent traveller within Pakistan, you might want to try one of the USB Dongle devices from Zong or PTCL. These do come with bandwidth restrictions and are not ideal for online gaming. We provide a comprehensive list of the areas which each provider covers – simply click “See Available Areas” under the package that suits you!
- After sales service and support: Internet services are continuously developing in Pakistan, and there is no shortage of issues. Whichever provider you select, you might face speed or connection problems every now and then. You want to make sure you go with a company that provides efficient after sales services. Ask your friends and family and read the reviews on our website to help you decide which option is best for you.
- Price: By answering the above questions, you may have decided what speed and bandwidth would suit you – now you must select a package which fits your budget. Most providers like PTCL, Worlcall and Wateen also operate in the telecom and TV space and provide bundle offers. If you are existing TV customer from a company, it is likely most economical to obtain a bundle package for your internet from the same company. Although changing internet providers might be costly due to the one-off installation fee. Most internet providers (other than USB dongles) offer unlimited bandwidth (there is always a fair usage policy), so it is really the speed that you have to decide. From personal experience, after a certain speed, it is not worth going higher even if you like streaming movies or gaming online. For example, the difference between a 2mbps and 4mbps package may be noticeable, not so much between an 8mbps and 10mbps package.
It is important to keep value for money in mind and always try to get the most bang for your buck! The internet service provider space in Pakistan is becoming increasingly competitive with new providers like Optix, Storm Fiber entering the market. This is good for us consumers as companies are encouraged to provide a better service for better prices. Use our platform to review all the choices available in your area and city, and order the package that suits your needs today. Happy surfing!