Saturday, April 11, 2009

PTA, FIA bust illegal gateway exchange …

Pin It ISLAMABAD (April 11 2009): A team of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in collaboration with the FIA officials has busted an illegal international gateway exchange in a residential area of Karachi. The initiate is a part of the pursuance of its efforts against illegal telecom traffic, the PTA detected an illegal setup through the Technical Facility installed to monitor the illegal business of telecom through out the country.
Upon investigation and confirmation, a successful raid was conducted by PTA Zonal Office Karachi and FIA at F 73/4, Block-4 Clifton and an operational international gateway exchange was seized. Breezcom setup was using bandwidth for international connectivity while multiple GSM SIMs were being used for local call termination. The confiscated equipment includes one Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway along with other accessories.

Computer carrying data of illegal telecom traffic was also confiscated. It is estimated that the setup was causing revenue loss worth millions of rupees to national exchequer. The FIA has registered a case against the accused and arrested two owners of the company and initiated legal action against them as per Telecom Act.

It may be mentioned that PTA has acquired a Technical Solution for addressing the menace of grey traffic brought into the country through illegal means. "It is a proven solution which is currently being used by various telecom operators across the globe. The PTA as a regulator would continue to track such unlawful activities to apprehend the individuals involved and to protect public money," said the PTA spokesperson when contacted.

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