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Pemra issues warning to music channel

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Wednesday issued a warning to 8XM music channel for exhibiting an indecent and objectionable song on February 26 in violation of the code of conduct implemented on the Supreme Court’s directives. According to a Pemra press release issued here, the authority received countless complaints against the channel […]

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Pakistan’s broadband subscriptions cross 25 million mark

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KARACHI: The number of broadband subscriptions in the country surpassed 25 million for the first time as cellular service providers sold more than one-and-a-half million high-speed mobile internet connections in December 2015, according to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The number of mobile broadband connections in the country increased to 26.3 million at the end of […]

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Cyber Crime Bill passed

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ISLAMABAD – National Assembly yesterday passed Cyber Crime Bill 2015 with majority vote paving the way for awarding up to 14 years imprisonment and fine upto Rs 50 million for wrongful use of internet to threaten people, spread panic and chaos by its misuse and for spreading religious hatred. When the Chairman of the National […]

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Youtube accessible in mega cities despite ban

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Islamabad – After a ban of almost three years, video sharing website Youtube is once again accessible in many parts of the country. The cities where the video sharing site is operational only in three big cities – Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. YouTube website has been blocked in Pakistan since September, 2012, when the website […]

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BlackBerry announces Pakistan exit by Dec 30

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ISLAMABAD – BlackBerry has announced exiting from Pakistan by the end of this year. “After December 30, BlackBerry will no longer operate in Pakistan, said Company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Marty Beard, on company’s blog. The Canadian telecom services provider said that the decision was made as it did not wanted to compromise on privacy […]

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Voicing concern: Cyber crime bill continues to attract criticism

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KARACHI: While the internet users in Pakistan still await the return of YouTube, the government looks to usher in the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PEC) 2015. “The government has not even consulted the relevant parties”, said Pakistan Software Houses Association (Pasha) president Jehan Ara, who is of the opinion that the draft law […]

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Panel takes up draft bill on cyber terror

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ISLAMABAD: As a parliamentary panel prepares to take up government proposed legislation on cyber terrorism on Thursday (today), IPPs, entrepreneurs and civil society called it an attempt to put a ‘gag’ on freedom of expression and to give the spy agencies unbridled powers. Headed by Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Nawaz […]

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Today is last day for biometric verification of SIMs

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Today (April 12, 2015) is the last day for biometric verification of SIMs. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), unverified SIMs would be blocked from Monday. Meanwhile, the PTA has also laid down a procedure for the verification of SIMs of Overseas Pakistanis. For those SIMs which are present in Pakistan and their owners […]

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SIM verification drive to cause loss of 20m subscriptions

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KARACHI: There is a strong likelihood that cellular mobile operators (CMOs) will lose close to 20 million subscriptions as a result of the ongoing drive for biometric re-verification of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, which is ending on April 12. As part of its National Action Plan to counter terrorism, the government had directed CMOs […]

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PTA may restrict roaming facility for Afghan cell phones

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ISLAMABAD: While majority of heinous crimes like kidnapping for ransom, extortion and other terrorist activities across the country are carried out using mostly Afghan SIMs for cell phones, operating on “roaming facility” inside Pakistan territory, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed that none of the state institutions has ever informed the authority of this fact. […]

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Govt not to auction 3G, 4G licences below base price

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ISLAMABAD: The government has decided not to auction any licence for the next generation technology (3G and 4G) below the base price of $295 million, according to the information memorandum released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday. The government is anticipating fetching a minimum of $1.6 billion through the auction of six licences […]

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Mobile signals ‘intrusion’ irks PTA

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LAHORE: The signals of Indian and Afghan mobile operators continue to spill over into Pakistan territory. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed occurrence of “cross-border interference” along Pakistan’s borders with India and Afghanistan. “We have taken measures to curb the interference. The ministries concerned and the law-enforcement agencies have been asked to take up […]

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Grey trafficking thrives

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LAHORE: Grey traffickers are making the most of the disagreement between the Pakistani and Saudi operators over the issue of rates. More than 95 per cent of the incoming calls originating from Saudi Arabia are being routed either through grey traffickers or any third country. “Owing to disagreement on settlement rates between Saudi and Pakistani […]

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PTA to conduct QoS survey next month

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KARACHI: After protracted delay of two years, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), ignoring the external pressure will flex its muscles in February 2014 by checking the quality of service (QoS) being provided by Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) to consumers. In this regard, PTA’s senior official responding to the scribe’s query confirmed that the regulator has decided […]

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