PTA, 3 telcos served notices for mobile phone shutdowns




STAFF REPORT ISB: Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court issued notices to PTA, Telenor, Zong and Ufone in a petition against suspension of mobile phone services.

The four petitioners are ordinary citizens whose lives were badly affected by suspension of mobile telecom services which happened in Islamabad. The Petitioners have urged the court to declare the practice of suspension of service as illegal. The petitioners have also sought a stay on further shutdowns, during

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PTA, 3 telcos served notices for mobile phone shutdowns


STAFF REPORT ISB: Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court issued notices to PTA, Telenor, Zong and Ufone in a



petition against suspension of mobile phone services.



The four petitioners are ordinary citizens whose lives were badly affected by suspension of mobile telecom services which



happened in Islamabad. The Petitioners have urged the court to declare the practice of suspension of service as illegal. The



petitioners have also sought a stay on

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SC permits telcos to issue 8 SIMs on a single CNIC




STAFF REPORT ISB: The telecommunication companies had severe concern over Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) limit of issuance of 5 SIM cards on a single CNIC as Zong had earlier on filed a petition in the court couple of months ago. The Supreme Court has now allowed a maximum of 8 mobile SIMS including three data SIMs and 5 normal SIMs.

It is relevant to mention that 3-years ago, the Supreme Court had directed PTA to reduce the number of SIMs registration against a single

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SC permits telcos to issue 8 SIMs on a single CNIC


STAFF REPORT ISB: The telecommunication companies had severe concern over Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) limit of issuance of 5 SIM cards on a single CNIC as Zong had earlier on filed a petition in the court couple of months ago. The Supreme Court has now allowed a maximum of 8 mobile SIMS including three data SIMs and 5 normal SIMs.

It is relevant to mention that 3-years ago, the Supreme Court had directed PTA to reduce the number of SIMs registration against a single CNIC

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Telcos affirmed to give access to data for security purpose




STAFF REPORT KHI: The lack of telecommunication related data availability to security agencies many times blocks the path to efficiently maneuver and execute the plan against suspects and as a result many times they get safe exit and ample time to flee. To counter this situation, Sindh Police Department felt the need to approach Telecommunication service providers and a formal agreement was signed to give access of call data record and location of subscribers to police department through

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Telcos affirmed to give access to data for security purpose


STAFF REPORT KHI: The lack of telecommunication related data availability to security agencies many times blocks the path to efficiently maneuver and execute the plan against suspects and as a result many times they get safe exit and ample time to flee. To counter this situation, Sindh Police Department felt the need to approach Telecommunication service providers and a formal agreement was signed to give access of call data record and location of subscribers to police department through

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SIM biometric verification system downs telcos sale




STAFF REPORT KHI: The introduction of biometric SIM verification and activation system has slowed down the sales of telecom companies in the country.
According to a fresh report, the initiation of new mandatory SIM sale mechanism by the government this August all over the country that no any SIM could be activated without verification of NADRA. This has affected the sales of new SIMs for all telecom operators.
"The newly implicated SIM verification system has proved itself fully

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PTA orders fail to stop telcos from charging call set-up fee


STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite the directions of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the country’s cellular mobile operators (CMOs) are charging the consumers with 12 paisas on account of call set-up fee recently imposed by them.

Official sources said that all CMOs are fleecing the consumers with 12-paisa call set-up fee, which is a sheer violation of the directions issued by the PTA.

It is to be mentioned here that the PTA with the start of the new year had directed all the CMOs

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Telcos lose 1.65 million customers in Dec 2012

STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan telecommunication sector lost its 1.65 million customers from December 2012, due to data clean-up of un-registered SIMs, recently revealed by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).The stats issues by the PTA mentioned that the notable rate of reduction in telecom customers is due to the data clean-up and ban on sale of SIMs through retailers’ network. On directions of the Ministry of Interior, the PTA – had directed all telecom operators they can sell new SIMs

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CCP tables guidelines for telcos to end deceptive marketing

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan has prepared Deceptive Marketing Guidelines draft for telecom companies as part of its efforts to protect consumers from anti-competitive behaviour through ensuring compliance in telecom sector sales, marketing, advertising, and communication in all forms across all mediums, online and point of sale.The draft guidelines have been shared with the PTA and other telecom companies and have been placed on the commission’s website for

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Time for telcos to appoint industry spokesperson

PAKISTAN’S CELLULAR companies have been hit with industry specific situations lately. From tax evasion to shutdown of cellular services on Eid day and then the issue of ban on prepaid SIMs.During all these events, media persons remained deprived of sufficient and correct information from cellular companies, for the reasons we will mention below.Since banning of prepaid SIMs was an industry specific issue, cellular companies were understandably reluctant to express their displeasure against

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PTA conducts QoS survey of telcos

STAFF REPORT IBD: The PTA recently carried out the second nationwide Broadband QoS Survey of all wireless and wire-line service providers throughout the country during third and fourth quarter of 2011.During the survey the already devised Quality of Service (QoS) Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in consultation with service providers were measured.These are network availability, service availability, download and upload bandwidth speed, round-trip time, contention ratio and retention.It is

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Telcos need to opt for becoming complete solution providers

STAFF REPORT IBD: With almost one million youth would be entering the work force every year till 2040, the government has no planning of how to provide employment to the young population.According to the PTA, the country’s teledensity has increased to 68.6 per cent. The total mobile subscribers have reached a record level of 112 million.The cut throat competition in the market has led to drastic reduction in average revenue per user (ARPU) in the world. However, despite a record increase in

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