Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
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Agency overview
Formed 1996
Jurisdiction Government of Pakistan
Agency executives
  • Syed Ismail Shah, PhD, Chairman
  • Mr. Tariq Sultan, Member (Finance)
  • Mr. Abdul Samad, Member (Compliance & Enforcement)
Website www.pta.gov.pk

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is Pakistani government agency responsible for the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunications in Pakistan. Headquartered in Islamabad, PTA also has regional offices located in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Muzaffarabad and Rawalpindi.

By November 2013, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) reported that overall cellular phone subscription has reached 132 million with increase of 25 million new numbers in the past two years.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Pakistan Telecommunication Ordinance 1994, established the primary regulatory framework for the telecommunication industry including the establishment of an authority. Thereafter, Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act no XVII was promulgated in 1996 that aimed to reorganize the telecom sector of Pakistan. Under Telecom Reorganization Act 1996, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was established in 1996 to regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunication systems, and the provision of telecom services.[3]

Functions[edit]

To regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunication systems and provision of telecommunication services in Pakistan. To receive and expeditiously dispose of applications for the use of radio-frequency spectrum. To promote and protect the interests of users of telecommunication services in Pakistan. To promote the availability of a wide range of high quality, efficient, cost effective and competitive telecommunication services throughout Pakistan. To promote rapid modernization of telecommunication systems and telecommunication services. To investigate and adjudicate on complaints and other claims made against licensees arising out of alleged contraventions of the provisions of this Act, the rules made and licenses issued there under and take action accordingly. To make recommendations to the Federal Government on policies with respect to international telecommunications, provision of support for participation in international meetings and agreements to be executed in relation to the routing of international traffic and accounting settlements.[4]

Responsibilities of Authority[edit]

In exercising its functions and powers under the Act, the authority ensures:

Rights of licensees are duly protected. All of its decisions and determinations are made promptly, in an open equitable, non discriminatory, consistent and transparent manner. All applications made to it are disposed of expeditiously; The persons affected by its decisions or determination are given a due notice thereof and provided with an opportunity of being heard. It encourages, except subject to the exclusive right of the company in basic telephone service, fair competition in the telecommunication sector. The interest of users of telecommunication services are duly safeguarded and protected.

Licensing[edit]

PTA, has given number of Mobile, Fixed Line licenses to operators for services in Pakistan.

3G and 4G License Auction[edit]

PTA Auctioned spectrum for 3G and 4G services in 2014. One 4G licenses and three 3G licenses were finally auctioned on 23 April 2014.[5][6] The 4G license was bagged by Zong (as well as 10 MHz 3G license), while the 3G licenses were auctioned to Telenor (5Mhz), Mobilink (10Mhz) and Ufone (5Mhz). While Warid Pakistan was the only operator in Pakistan not to bid on the auction; Later on, Warid acquired the 4G LTE license and is providing services to all the major cities. The auction raised a total of $1.22 billion including 10% advance tax for the government of Pakistan.[7]

Recent Achievements[edit]

1) Auction and subsequent spectacular growth in Mobile Broadband. Broadband density in the country jumped from under 2% to over 15% in less than 2 years.

2) Verification of all the SIMs in the country resulting in a unique identity for every SIM.

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