PTA action might affect mobile industry in Sindh; Noman Saigal -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PTA action might affect mobile industry in Sindh; Noman Saigal

KARACHI, Aug 07 (PPI): Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister for Information Technology Noman Saigal has once again warned of economic instability in mobile phone industry of province as a result of proposed action by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) against mobile franchise offices.

He expressed this concern while chairing a departmental meeting convened to discuss PTA’s planned raids at mobile franchise offices and action against officials here Tuesday.

Noman said such plans of PTA have shocked the entire mobile phone industry in province. He said IT department was ready to coordinate with mobile franchise offices for addressing probelms they were faced with.

He also said that formal negotiation would be held with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on the issue.

Advisor regretted that provincial IT department has no representation in telecom sector due to which hinders resolving public problems pertaining to telecommunication system at provincial level. A letter in this regard has been written to Sindh governor, he added.

We do not want people to take to streets, as they did against KESC, and their problems of telecommunication system get aggravated, said Saigal. He suggested RFID system be installed to check cell-phone SIMs. He said issue of action against franchise offices be sovled in an amicable way.

Sindh Secretary Information Technology Muhammad Zakir, Project Director Athar Hussain Baloch and others were also present.
Source: Pakistan Press International (PPI News Agency)
Date:8/8/2007