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1m cell numbers blocked to curb grey trafficking

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in its efforts to eradicate menace of illegal call termination, has identified over one million mobile numbers and subsequently blocked them.PTA regularly identifies mobile SIMs being used in termination of grey traffic in the country. A latest annual report of PTA last week said the Authority remained determined to tackle this issue by introducing a number of important measures over the years.Some of them include Monitoring and…Read More

System being installed to arrest grey traffict

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT) is in process of developing an operating system to curb grey traffic and provide effective solutions for reducing revenue loss.The system will consist of four major building blocks whose purpose will be to collect data, analyse it, report in a meaningful format and use the results to monitor the traffic. According to details, the system will be installed at the Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE). National…Read More

Rising volume of grey trafficking

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Though the government’s formal announcement to auction the 3G-4G spectrum auction this month has rekindled the hope of a sizeable foreign investment in the local telecom sector, which has dried up since long in terms of financial injections, yet the increased volume of grey telephony has emerged as a potential factor which is inflicting heavily on the national kitty. According to the fresh data, the recorded volume of incoming international calls dropped from an astonishing two billion…Read More

Stricter action needed to nip grey trafficking: Anusha

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has said that thousands of illegal SIMs have been blocked through the SIM detection system and, 390,000 suspected local IP addresses have also been blocked. She stated this while chairing a follow-up meeting regarding monitoring of grey traffic under ICT arrangements at the Ministry of IT. Federal Secretary for IT Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, PTA Chairman Dr Ismail Shah, telecom member and senior officials of the…Read More

Large-sized grey traffic setup unearthed

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) along with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) unearthed a very large size grey traffic setup. According to an official, two people involved in the illegal trade were arrested. He was of the view that FIA has saved monthly Rs150 million last year. He said that joint team of FIA NR3C Lahore and PTA Lahore conducted raid at Gujrat and recovered a huge set up of illegal voice termination. A secret information was received…Read More

PTA, FIA start operations to control grey telephony

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has equipped itself with a more efficient system in order to identify international calls illegally terminated by the country’s gateway exchanges. A recent raid on the office of Wisecom, one of Pakistan’s 14 long distance international (LDI) operators based in Islamabad, demonstrates that the newly acquired technology has already started to pay off. It is to be mentioned here that PTA and Federal Investigation…Read More

PTA blocks IP addresses, SIMs to curb grey traffic

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: As part of its crackdown on grey traffic’, the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has blocked more than 200,000 internet protocol (IP) addresses, 1,382 mobile SIMs, and 3,160 phones/devices through their IMEI numbers during the past month. According to details, the authority has begun monitoring grey traffic since early October and is blocking IP addresses automatically when they are not in the PTA whitelist. As part of the effort, the existing whitelist has…Read More

PTA out to control grey telephony

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has taken a number of measures to control grey traffic and a total of 88 joint raids with the FIA have been carried so far across the country since 2009. Through these raids, 78 persons including six foreigners were apprehended besides confiscation of a total of 591, illegal gateway equipment, says a press release issued by the authority. In general grey traffic can be defined as the use of illegal gateway exchanges to…Read More

Grey telephony: PTA saves millions of dollars revenue during Eid days

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has successfully blocked hundreds of servers and gateways of international carriers involved in sending illegal or grey telephony calls to grey operators in Pakistan during Eid days. "The action has saved the government from suffering a multi-million dollar loss by detecting grey telephony during the Eid days," said an official of the telecom authority. He said this was done despite lack of resources and some…Read More

NA body approves bill to control grey telephony

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The National Assembly Standing Committee has recently approved the bill about grey trafficking on information technology that is expected to control the grey trafficking that causes the national exchequer billions of rupees annually. The bill will be made into the law during the next session on the issue. Due to the absence of senior officials who are responsible to take over these matters, the bill got delayed for passage into law.The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2010…Read More