Thursday, May 28, 2009

PTA suspends FLL’s operator licence…

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KARACHI: Pakistan Telecom-munication Authority (PTA) has suspended licence of Fixed Local Loop (FLL) operator Zari Telecommunication after it failed to roll-out obligations in the region, it was learnt on Wednesday.

Official sources told the telecom watchdog has asked the defaulter FLL operator to suspend all its telephony services awarded under the terms of its licence in its area of coverage immediately till June 30, 2009.
However, it said the non-exclusive FLL operator may restore its licence and services after it met the mandatory requirement stated by the authority.The company was awarded licence No LL-16-2004 dated July 19, 2004 by the authority to provide the licenced services in the three Licenced Regions of ITR, HTR and NTR-1 and to establish, maintain and operate a Telecommunication System on the terms and conditions contained in the licence.
Under PTA’s laws mentioned in licence conditions, the operator was obliged to establish at least one Network Connection Point in each Licenced Region 2 and commence the provision of Mandatory Services, within eighteen months from the effective date, like the date of issuance of the licence.
The licencee failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the licence and the directions of the authority concerning roll-out obligation despite extended relaxations by the authority.
Furthermore, in this regard it had served show-cause in March 2009, which was also not responded. The telecom watchdog has also fined and warned two Data Class Value-Added Service providers for change of management and control of licences without informing the authority.It has fined Rs 10,000 to Sindh-based Check Mate, a service provider of vehicle tracking for the violation of stated laws, whereas it warned another Punjab-based vehicle tracker not to repeat infringement of this law.

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