PTA contributes Rs474m to national exchequer in a year -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PTA contributes Rs474m to national exchequer in a year

ISLAMABAD,Jan.11:Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) contributed Rs474 million to national exchequer on account of annual fee and r000o a able on licenses during the financial year 2002-2003.

Its total income during the period was Rs645 million against expenditures of Rsl57 million resulting into an excess of Rs488 million.

According to PTA’s annual re­port 2002-2003, due to effective collection, the license fee receivable was reduced Rsll8 million compared to Rs277 million as of June 30, 2002.

PTA has undertaken an extensive exercise to overhaul the accounting set up to develop a reliable system for maintaining correct and adequate records.

This effort has succeeded to a large extent and the accounts for period ended June 30, 2003 contain no observation by auditors. The overall accounting and management set up of PTA! still under structural changes to further streamline it to achieve better performance, the report said.

Accounting has already been computerised and new Oracle based software has been developed. This step alone will go a long way to inculcate a sense of ‘s4f-hnprovement in PTA.

The report further said that during the period, the period, the Authority issued 80 licenses for different value -added services to promote telecommunication sector in the country

Out of the total licenses, 56 were issued for card pay phone services, 15 for Electrification services and 9 for other services.

During the period, PTA also issued first ever license for the operation of video conferencing services, 22 HF /VHF/ UFT private land mobile/fixed, 6 inmarsat satellite phones and 12 amateur radio license.

Six satellite companies also registered themselves with PTA during the period, the report added.The Authority, conducted ‘two surveys during the year to ascertain the quality of services of Cellular Mo6ile Operators (CMTS) as well as of Internet Service Providers (ISPS).

As a result of these surveys, it was revealed that the quality of service particularly of the CMTB was not found at par with international standards. Consequently, show-cause notices were issued to all the mobile. phone operators.

M/s Mobilink having the largest customer network, after being provided full opportunity to defend its case in an open hearing was directed to compensate their customers to the extent of Rs60 million for providing poor and substandard services

Source: The Nation