LIRNEasia presents its research in Pakistan

Posted on June 12, 2007  /  7 Comments

14 June 2007) Rohan Samarajiva, Joseph Wilson, Harsha de Silva and Tahani Iqbal presented recent research conducted by LIRNEasia at a media and stakeholder event organized by the Pakistan Telecom Authority in Islamabad today.

Following opening remarks by Chairman of PTA, Major General (R) Shahzada Alam Malik, Samarajiva and Wilson presented the new improved version of the six-country Telecom Regulatory Environment study, with emphasis on Pakistan.

de Silva discussed the results of the Teleuse @ the Bottom of the Pyramid (T@BOP) survey conducted in five countries, including Pakistan. Among other things, he discussed the disparate access to ICTs between men and women at the BOP as well as the tremendous progress made in connecting large numbers of people at the BOP in the past few years.

Iqbal presented comparative analysis of mobile prices in three countries of South Asia, using a basket methodology adapted from one used by the OECD since 1995. With these comparisons, she illustrated that Pakistan has the lowest prices for SMS and also for low-users.

From the Daily Times, Pakistan. 15 June 2007

Presentation slides:
Telecom Regulatory Environment 2006 | Rohan Samarajiva & Joseph Wilson
Teleuse@BOP: Pakistan in Asian Context | Harsha de Silva
Basket methodology to benchmark telecom prices in South Asia: The cases of Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka | Tahani Iqbal
News Releases:
TRE:Telecom Regulatory Environment (TRE) 2006 survey results: Pakistan among the leaders in Telecom Regulatory Environment, a regional study reveals
Teleuse@BOP: Pakistan BOP doing well overall in telecom, but large gender divide still exists
Price comparisons: Pakistan low-user mobile baskets cheaper than in India and Sri Lanka; SMS charge is lowest in South Asia and lower even than in the Philippines

Media coverage


  1. More coverage:
    Pakistan exceeds in Telecom Regulatory Environment, PakTribune, 15 June 2007,

  2. The TRE findings presented in Pakistan (i.e., Pakistan beating India on mobile TRE)has been picked up by The Financial Express in Mumbai:
    ‘Minus tariff, Pak regulatory milieu is better than India’s’

  3. Dimuthu Ratnadiwakara

    A blog about telecommunication marketplace in Pakistan with news, information, analysis and trends has reported the T@BOP and a discussion on sms usage is on.

  4. dimuthu

    could you please post the internet numbers we got for PK [and also for the others] to give context to what the top google search really means [on the telecom marketplace blog]?