PTA stops operations of 2 broadband tech firms -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PTA stops operations of 2 broadband tech firms

KARACHI: Broadband technology in the country faces a shock as Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has stopped operations of two out of four such companies, which the telecom regulator says was working illegally.

Sources in the telecom ministry and Internet service providers say the PTA has halted operations of two broadband Internet cable service providers from Islamabad and Lahore.

“We have stopped their (broadband companies) operations following all rules and regulations. They were operating illegally as they do not have licences to do so,” said an official in the PTA asking not to be named.

When asked about the fate of companies’ subscribers, he said the Authority was working on that and would try its best to compensate them.

“It is not over yet. Definitely, the proprietors would be asked to compensate their subscribers,” he added.

Broadband technology entered into the country a few years ago with a bang, but later failed to grow due to high cost and poor service quality.
Source: The News
Date:9/18/2003