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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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SIMs verification through BVS: government fails to prepare SOPs

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The government failed to prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for persons whose thumb verification is not possible even though it included re-verification of Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) through Biometric Verification System (BVS) in the National Action Plan (NAP), it is learnt. The re-verification process of SIMs through BVS commenced from January 12, 2015, where 103 […]

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Citizens to be warned of floods through SMS

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ISLAMABAD: As floodwaters threaten to inundate more areas downstream, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has directed all licensed Cellular Mobile Operators to send SMS alerts in an early warning initiative. “Not everyone is sitting in front of the television for news about the onrushing floods. But many have cellular phones and sending short messages to […]

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Roll-out of 3G technology — a long way to go

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The commercial launch of third-generation (3G) mobile internet services — which are already in the testing phase — is likely to take place shortly, at least in key metropolitan areas. Given the controversies that had long delayed the spectrum auction, the acquisition of high-speed mobile broadband technology is certainly a milestone. However, the real test […]

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3G services to facilitate ARPU boost

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that launch of the next generation wireless networks and services would result in an increase in the the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). After tough market competition and slow growth in the cellular industry, ARPU witnessed a slight decline to Rs211 per month during year 2012-13, compared […]

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3G auction success depends on rational measures

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KARACHI: To realise heavy foreign investment prospects through spectrum auction, the government of Pakistan should address the stakeholders’ considerations by logical and rational policy and regulatory measures, said industry experts. Experts said that offering diverse and complete spectrum combination can attract higher bids instead of creating artificial scarcity in a bid to boost auction yields. […]

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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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PTA allows all CMOs to use 3G spectrum on test basis

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has so far decided to grant permission to all Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) to use 3G spectrums on test basis and also wrote a letter to Frequency Allocation Board in this regard. Sources aware of the development told The Nation that the regulatory authority (PTA) in its letter to […]

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PTA addresses 98% of 31,266 telecom consumers’ complaints

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has addressed around 30,912 consumers complaints which are almost 98 percent of the total complaints received against telecom operators during 2012-13. The authority received 31,266 complaints against telecom operators including Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Local Loops, Long Distance Internationals (LDIs), Wireless Local Loop (WLL), […]

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Reformed PTA moves closer to spectrum auction

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KARACHI: With the exception of a few milestones in the second half, year 2013 remained almost flat with no major development in the telecom sector. However, experts say that it set the stage for the next year. “I am seeing 2014 with a lot of optimism, it will be better than the previous five years,” […]

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Hitting back: PTA steps up efforts to curb grey trafficking

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) seems to have emerged as a powerful and effective regulator in the past couple of months despite critics’ popular opinion about the body not performing up to the standards. From carefully handling the process of spectrum auction for high-speed mobile internet services to taking practical measures for solving complex […]

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Unwanted morality brigade: PTA ban on mobile phone packages

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IT was a move that left many scratching their heads in disbelief in the first place, and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has just made it worse. Last year, the PTA issued a directive to cellular mobile operators that late-night talk and SMS packages offered at cheap rates be curtailed because it was an issue of […]

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