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Illegal SIMs selling like peanuts

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Illegal activation of SIMs continues in Pakistan. Still despite claims by the Interior Ministry and the companies concerned, SIMs are sold at every corner of the street, pan shop, general store, and road-side kiosks. That a SIM must be sold only at the business center of an authorized franchise of the company remains a forlorn […]

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Blocking websites and cyber technology

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In the past few years, increased taxes and poor law and order have resulted in losses for cellular network operators, while ban on Internet content has decreased revenues of ISPs and submarine fibre optic cable operators in Pakistan. Much has been said about all this and other challenges facing the telecommunications industry but the nation […]

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Pakistan continues silencing dissent through selective web blocks

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Urooj M, a former DJ on a Pakistani FM radio channel, also a film aficionado, was incredulous when she found the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had blocked the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). She tweeted: “SERIOUSLY #PAKISTAN, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU BAN #IMDB!!! COME ON, SERIOUSLY!!!???!!!! #FirstYoutubeNowIMDB #WTF.” This widely used online entertainment news portal, […]

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Fakers using details from electoral rolls

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ISLAMABAD: While the government has been making efforts to curb the use of illegal SIMs [subscriber identity modules], violators have come up with a unique formula to go through the activation process, for their unlawful activities whatsoever. It has become a challenge for the government to eliminate those integrated circuits not being used by the […]

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Social media threat

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Sir: The social media is the largest interconnecting network around the world today. It can connect millions of people at a time but it also has plenty of disastrous impacts on youngsters. Social media is now becoming a serious security and moral threat for our teenagers and their parents. Misuse of social media has initiated […]

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Cellular phone tele-density crosses record 72pc

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ISLAMABAD: The tele-density in cellular phone sector has hit an all-time high of 72.28 per cent as number of subscribers in the country, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas, touched 129.7 million by September this year. The cellular tele-density was 3.29pc about 10 years ago, but proactive policies of successive governments helped the […]

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Biometric SIM verification system to be launched

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LAHORE: All cellular companies are planning to launch biometric SIM verification system in Lahore and elsewhere. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has given the deadline of Dec 20 to all operators to introduce the biometric system in the country, except Karachi. For Karachi, the deadline is Nov 30. All the five operators have made arrangements to […]

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3G auction: International consortium chosen as consultant

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ISLAMABAD: In the first practical step towards the much-awaited auction of next generation mobile services (3G), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday completed the evaluation process for the selection of a consultant. The selection has been made following a detailed review of financial bids opened on November 23 in the presence of all five bidders […]

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Unregistered IP addresses to be blocked

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said on Tuesday that all unregistered foreign IP addresses will be blocked with immediate effect. According to a statement, the regulator has thus far confiscated 711 illegal gateways in 112 raids conducted in collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency. To curb down illegal traffic, the PTA has further strengthened the […]

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PTA begins auction process of 3G licences

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ISLAMABAD: The process for the auction of 3G cellular licences has begun, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told the apex court on Tuesday. The PTA Director Technical told a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry which heard a petition seeking direction for auction of 3G cellular licence, utilization of USF funds, that seven […]

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Telecos disappointed with 3G policy directive

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KARACHI: Most crucial players of the telecom industry of the country, telecommunication companies (telecos) have shown dissatisfaction over the performance of the government so far regarding the 3G auction, it was learnt by reliable sources on Tuesday. While, the very first move of the government toward bringing next generation telecom technologies in the country by […]

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PTA blocks 0.2m IP addresses in fresh drive against grey traffic

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KARACHI: One month into operation, the newly acquired grey traffic monitoring equipment seems to have enabled the telecom regulator to cause some serious damage to gateway exchanges involved in grey traffic – illegal termination of international calls landing in Pakistan. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked more than 200,000 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, 1,382 mobile SIMs […]

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Minister wants check on grey trafficking

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman on Thursday directed the agencies concerned to control grey trafficking in the country. The practice of making long distance calls through illegal means from the country is known as grey trafficking. “Grey trafficking should be controlled at the earliest and those allegedly involved in […]

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SC orders immediate appointment of PTA chairman

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court ordered the government on Wednesday to immediately appoint chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and said it would review the matter after a week. “We direct the secretary concerned to take up the issue immediately and discharge his function by appointing the PTA chairman without further loss of time,” said […]

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