Tag: Cellcos

Cellcos asked to explain discrepancies in on-net, off-net tariffs

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The PTA has given one month to cellular mobile operators (CMOs) to explain discrepancies in their on-net and off-net tariffs, which are leading to unhealthy competition and price wars, thus impacting the overall industry. The telecom authority has issued a consultation paper highlighting that although CMOs have positive gross margins, some are sustaining losses. Moreover, consolidation in the industry is taking place to deal with such low tariffs. …Read More

Focus on how cellcos satisfy subscribers

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: With the increased penetration of cellular mobile operators across Pakistan, the subscribers have become matured enough to rank and choose the mobile operator depending on the quality of services, back-end support and customer care facilities. The telecom firms are also focusing on educating customers to give them a basic understanding about the service which they are inquiring about. "Experience is going to define the telcos’ future, the diversification has…Read More

Cellcos refused tax exemption on SIMs verification

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has categorically conveyed to the telecom companies that the government’s policy does not allow any new exemption of duties and taxes under compensation package for telecom sector. According to sources, a meeting of FBR team of tax managers and CEOs of all telecom operators held at FBR House last week on the re-verification of SIMs under the National Action Plan. The meeting mainly discussed the compensation package for telecom…Read More

Cellcos may face military courts if SIMs not verified

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has warned cellular phone companies that they could be prosecuted in the military courts under the terrorism law if their un-verified SIMs are found in any terrorist activity after the expiry of deadline fixed for re-verification of SIMs through Biometric Verification System (BVS), it is learnt. Official sources said that at a high-level meeting held here, representatives of the telecom industry sought one year for the SIMs re-verification through BVS,…Read More

Cellcos show inability to verify SIMs in given time

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobile companies have conveyed to the government their inability to complete the SIMs verification through biometric system within the 28 days started from the last week of December. Not only the task cannot be completed within the given time but it could cost the consumers in terms of increased tariff that the companies might impose to cover the costs of biometric verifications process, an official, requesting anonymity, told this scribe. He said that it is not the…Read More

Cellcos may face action against misuse of SIMs

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is mulling to launch a crackdown against cellular phone companies, which have issued illegal SIM cards used in recent terrorist acts. According to an official of PTA, the government has directed the cellular companies to block 0.5 million illegal SIM cards or face crackdown against them. He said that intelligence agencies are also trying to catch the former employee of a cellular company, who issued five SIM cards on the name of a woman hailing from…Read More

Cellcos deprive subscribers of cheap packages on Eid

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The mobile phone service providers during Eid days discontinued several of their packages or bundle that probably announced hundreds of times in a day through different medium of instructions and thus grabbed the public money through illegitimate way. Subscribers of the telecom sector have strongly condemned these service providers for this blow to their trust on these cell companies who use huge amounts to publicize their packages through massive campaigns through…Read More

Cellcos set to install biometric system

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: All mobile operators of Pakistan have so far agreed to install the biometric system at every point of sale and increased the fee of SIM verification through biometric from Rs 13 to Rs 28 per transaction, sources close to this development disclosed. Since installation of biometric system can enhance the national security environment so with setting up the new system at every point of sale of SIM is expected to reduce the security risks in the country in coming days.…Read More

Cellcos incur Rs 3.7b loss on SIMs issue

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Cellular phone operators have incurred a loss of over Rs 3.75 billion through blocking of 15 million unregistered, unauthorized and unused SIMs on the directives of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) during the last few months.The operators’ losses of these SIMs from their networks primarily on the account of activation charges of Rs 250 per SIM paid to the government from their own pockets on behalf of their customers who are no more with them due to illegal…Read More

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Cellcos subscribers entry slows after new SIMs rules

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: the sales of cellular connections in Pakistan has drastically declined following the new SIM rules are confining cellular companies to sell SIMs via service centres and company owned franchises only.According to latest data issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, five cellular companies could add a total of 143,609 new subscribers in February 2013, down from the average addition of around 1000,000 subscribers per month during past six months.The data shows that the…Read More