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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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PTA: SIMs dilemma

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The PTA has provided a number — 668 — to get information about the SIM issued on a particular CNIC. I sent my CNIC number to 668 on three different dates in 2012 and 2013. The first message I received from 668 was on Sept 27, 2012. The message stated that a total of eight […]

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PTA selects consultant for spectrum auction

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Value Partners Management Consulting Limited (VPMCL) signed a formal contract at the PTA headquarters on Thursday for the provision of consultancy services for the auction of next generation services spectrum. After the completion of evaluation process for the selection of a consultant of international repute, under the directive of […]

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Import of cellphones without IMEI number not to be allowed

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, (PTA), as part of its measures to curb misuse of SIMs, has disallowed those cellphones or smartphones which are being imported without any International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) or with fake IMEI number. A task force headed by Chairman PTA was formed by Supreme Court to look into matter of issuance […]

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YouTube tailored to fit

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Information Minister Pervez Rasheed’s statement, sometime back that the government in principle has decided to unblock YouTube does not really give the impression that the revered minister really means what he is promising. Google has itself proclaimed that many countries have a localized version of ‘YouTube’ that allows them to tailor content to local standards. […]

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Need for an international 3G operator

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The newly-selected consultants for Pakistans upcoming next-generation spectrum will soon get down to the business of auction design and spectrum pricing. Informed observers suggest that one of the critical success factors for this auction will be the level of participation of new telecom operators. The ew operators will most likely be the established, multinational operators […]

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PTA directs mobile companies to discontinue immoral packages

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed mobile companies to discontinue night packages which were considered against the norms of social structure and moral values of the society. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the National Assembly during question hour that a number of complaints had been received against these packages […]

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Illegal SIMs: some suggestions

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A SIGNIFICANT contributor to the law and order situation in the country has been the unaccountable SIMs which are then used either to coordinate acts of terrorism or criminal activities, as well as in some extreme cases to detonate bombs. Owing to the absence of a regime where SIMs could be associated with the person […]

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Illegal SIMs: task force to submit report to Supreme Court tomorrow

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The task force constituted by the Supreme Court on illegal SIMs has finalised its report and would submit it to the apex court on Monday, it is learnt. The task force met Friday with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah in the chair. Ways and means were finalised as per the directives […]

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Investment in telecom industry

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THE law and order situation and PTA’s monopoly are some issues faced by telecom operators. The telecom industry, which had a boost in the past years globally, is now facing some serious problems due to no investments. The telecom industry once was the most developed industry in Pakistan, yielding huge revenue for the state. There […]

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