Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited starts voice, fax massaging service in Karachi -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited starts voice, fax massaging service in Karachi

KARACHI- Pakistan Tele Communication Company is launching Voice and Fax Messaging service from Karachi, Hyderabad and Quetta. The service has already been introduced in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar as part of the PTCLs diversification policy.

Highlighting the salient features of the new service, Director General (Operations) South, Irfan Ali Khan told a press conference that this new addition to the value-added services provided a very economical and effective tool, which obviates the need of being constantly near the telephone to avoid missed calls. Under the new service, which incorporates three different packages PTCL Messaging, PTCL Messaging Plus and PTCL Mail Box – some 0.1 million connections would be available including 30, 000 for Karachi and Lahore, 15,000 in Islamabad and 5,000 each in Hyderabad and Quetta, Irfan Ali Khan said.

He explained that under the newly introduced system, essentially a mail box would be allotted to the subscriber who opts for any of the three packages. In case of PTCL Messaging and Messaging Plus, the incoming voice and fax messages will be routed through the mail box by the 5th or 6th ring (about 30 seconds duration), if a telephone call is not answered. He said in case of PTCL Mail Box, voice and fax messages were immediately routed through the mail box and recorded.

As regards the tariff structure, he informed that one time installation charges for each of three packages will be Rs 250 and Rs 50 per month for PTCL Messaging and Mail Box and Rs 75 per month for PTCL Messaging Plus.

On the occasion, General Manager Digital Switching, Sher Bahadur, gave a presentation and practical demonstration of the new value-added facility established at a cost of Rs 330 million. He said the service had also been introduced in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan. He said the service was especially attractive for Internet users and people on the move.

The director general (operations) PTCL South said PTCL was the possibility of reduction in the charges for shifting a telephone from one exchange to another. He informed that a state-of art “17” (Inquiry) system would be operative in Karachi in the next three to four months.

He said the Rs 50 million system got delayed because of some legal complications which have been resolved and bids were now being re-invited for the project. Irfan Ali Khan said the existing system was devised for 2.50 lakh telephone connections whereas the number of telephones in Karachi had soared to near 0.8 million. He said the new system was being devised for 1.2 million subscribers. He said the new “17” system would be operative in 24 exchanges. Of them, 19 exchanges will have four operator positions and five will have eight operator positions
Source: The News
Date:4/26/2000