PTA suspends licences of five companies -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PTA suspends licences of five companies

ISLAMABAD (September 25 2007): The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), while suspending licences of five companies and serving show-cause notice to one on default in paying licence fee, directed PTCL to terminate all telecom facilities extended to them.

Sources said that these companies had defaulted about Rs 6.75 million payment to the regulator in licence fees. The licensees had not cleared their dues while some of them had completely ignored the notices, they added.

The PTA, before passing enforcement orders, had served show-cause and hearing notices to the companies on their mailing addresses, copies of which were also sent to their directors.

According to details, Dancom Pakistan defaulted payment of Rs 5,841,812 to the Authority in lieu of annual licence fee, and also failed to submit its annual audited report. The company was directed to pay the outstanding amount as per agreed mode and schedule.

The PTA warned the company that in case of failure to pay the dues and provide audited accounts, total outstanding payment would be recovered from it through recovery procedure under the Act on date of violation.

The licences of the rest of the five companies were suspended under ex parte decision of the Authority for non-payment of their dues. These were Global Allied Communication, S Gulzar Construction Co, I J Telecom Limited, Top Man Engineering and Communication Limited and Fast Communication Limited, which defaulted Rs 103, 000, Rs 505,000, Rs 156,750, Rs 33,000 and Rs 112,500, respectively.

The Authority in the light of the available records resorted to ex parte proceedings against the licensees by passing enforcements that their licences have been suspended for a period of one month or till the payment of dues. The PTA will terminate licence of these companies if they did not pay their dues within 30 days, and initiate recovery proceedings against them under section 30 of the Act. Moreover, the PTA also directed PTCL to immediately terminate all telecommunication facilities extended to the defaulting licensees till further orders.0
Source: Business Recorder
Date:9/25/2007