Every mobile phone user in Pakistan especially in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Multan will be aware of the cellular service complete shutdown. This blockage of cellular service was directed by the government due to security threats in some parts of the country.
All the readers will be surprised to know that mobile companies lost Rs 2.6 billion due to this service shutdown on Chand Raat. You will be able to understand that how this loss was calculated by reading the following paragraph.
The total population of Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Quetta is about 32 million. The total percentage of mobile phone users in Pakistan are 68.2%. So the number of mobile phone users in these four cities must be around 21.9 million. This means that 18.5% of the total mobile users in Pakistan lost their mobile service on Chand Raat and Eid day. According to confirmed statistics an average user spends about Rs 230 per month from which we can calculate the daily revenue generated from the user i.e. Rs 7.66 and for 21.9 million users, single day revenue will be 176.75 million.
Mobile companies told that they generate 20 times extra revenue on Eid days as compared to an ordinary day. Let us assume it to be 15 times. So let us see what the total loss comes out to be.
- 175.5 (million) x 15 = Rs 2.6 billion
This is the amount of money lost by mobile companies because of a stunt directed by Interior minister Rehman Malik.
The thing which is very interesting here is that not a single cellular company protested due to this service shutdown. Due to this humble attitude of companies towards government can cause more such service shutdowns.
The government of Pakistan also lost about Rs 507 million but I don’t think that anyone will be held responsible for this loss of money.