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PTA Proposes 15-Year Licenses for WhatsApp, Netflix, and More Under New Internet Rules

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On June 26, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) proposed a new regulatory framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) services in Pakistan, encompassing widespread communication, application, and media platforms, with a proposed 15-year license requirement for operation in the country. The framework categorizes OTT services into three distinct groups. First, OTT Communication Services (OCS), which include real-time communication platforms like WhatsApp, […]


Lahore Residents Gain Access to Free Wi-Fi at 100 Additional Locations

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The Punjab government has expanded its free Wi-Fi initiative in Lahore, adding access points at an additional 100 locations across the city. This brings the total number of free Wi-Fi hotspots to 200 in the city. The free Wi-Fi service is specifically designed for emergency use. Police and family members can be contacted in an […]


Punjab Information Minister Assures Journalists that New Defamation Legislation Won’t Impact their Work

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On June 13, Punjab Information Minister Azma Bukhari assured journalists that the newly introduced defamation law would not impact their work. She clarified that the legislation is aimed at social media influencers who spread misinformation for financial gain. Bukhari also announced the allocation of a one billion rupees budget for healthcare of the journalists’ community. […]


IHC halts government’s move to block SIMs of non-filers

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On May 14, Islamabad High Court (IHC) temporarily halted the government’s plan to block SIM cards of individuals who have not filed their income tax returns, citing potential conflicts with constitutional rights. IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq issued a stay order until May 27 while seeking a response from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) […]


PTA and PTCL Challenge FBR Directive to Block SIMs of Tax Non-Filers, Cite Legal and Social Concerns

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On May 3, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) announced its refusal to comply with the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) directive to block the mobile phone SIMs of over half a million individuals who failed to file their tax returns in 2023. Earlier in the week, on April 30, the FBR directed the PTA and telecom companies to block […]


IT Minister Khawaja and Tech Leaders Discuss Digitalization, Responsible Use of Social Media

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On May 2,  Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Shaza Fatima Khawaja held a virtual congregation with key stakeholders from the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), anchored by its Managing Director Jeff Paine. The dialogue covered extensive discussions on digitalization, the responsible use of social media, digital rights, and e-safety. Key participants from the AIC included major […]


Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Tech Partnership Flourished at LEAP 2024

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The burgeoning partnership between Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in the realms of Information Technology and Telecom received a significant boost at the LEAP 2024 technology conference, one of the world’s premier tech events. The event served as a dynamic hub where innovators, investors, and industry leaders explored cutting-edge technologies and forged lucrative […]


Cyber Threats Surge by 17% in Pakistan in 2023, Global Research Reveals

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Experts from a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company Kaspersky have unveiled startling findings indicating a 17% surge in cyber threats in Pakistan during the year 2023 compared to the previous year. According to The Express Tribune the report highlights that cyberattacks have intensified, posing significant challenges to cybersecurity in the country. The study highlights the escalating risk landscape […]


PTA Conducts Successful Raids to Crack Down on Illegal SIMs Activation and Unlicensed ISPs

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According to the Daily Times, The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a series of raids aimed at curbing the illegal activation of SIM cards and shutting down unlicensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The crackdown comes as part of the PTA’s ongoing efforts to regulate the telecommunications sector and ensure compliance with regulations. In a statement […]


IT industry playing pivotal role in country’s economy: Umar

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Caretaker Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) Dr. Umar Saif distributed Rs825 million as cash prizes to companies playing a significant role in IT and IT services exports during the “IT and ITeS Export Award” organized by the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), an organization of the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication, here […]


China-Pak coop building smart city through use of AI tech

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ISLAMABAD   –   In the context of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Chinese and Pakistani researchers are helping Pakistan build smarter and safer cities through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. At the beginning of year 2022, the CPInS Lab was officially established at Pakistan […]


The rise of AI

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The entry of artificial intelligence (AI) has generated a wider debate on the impact of this cutting-edge technology. People are not sure whether AI is going to augment and complement humans in their work or completely replace it. And while AI is a revolution in itself and has garnered a lot of attention across the […]


Sindh Governor initiates IT classes, unveils progress plans

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Governor of Sindh, Muhammad Kamran Khan Tessori, announced the commencement of IT classes starting from February 6th during a press conference at Governor House. The newly constructed IT University spans 24,000 square feet and houses over 300 computer labs, washrooms, and a dedicated power supply infrastructure costing 1.5 billion PKR. Governor Tessori expressed gratitude, stating […]


Pakistan needs to manufacture mobile phones: minister

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ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr Umar Saif on Monday said Pakistan was the seventh largest market of cellular users in the world with 191 million cellular connections, but most of the mobile phones were imported in the country. “We need to manufacture them locally and develop an industry to export made-in-Pakistan […]