Saturday, October 31, 2009

PTCL and DSL Operators signed a DSL agreement for provision of broadband

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ISLAMABAD (October 31 2009): PTCL and DSL Operators on Friday signed a DSL agreement for provision of broadband

services under the auspices of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The signing ceremony was held at PTA headquarters where PTA Chairman Dr Mohammed Yaseen; Member (Finance) Syed Nasrul Karim Ghaznavi, Member (Technical) Dr Khawar Siddique Khokhar, Senior representatives of PTCL and DSL operators were present.

Under the agreement, DSL operators will now have a choice to acquire IP bandwidth from any other operators in addition to PTCL, which will enable the DSL operators to offer broadband services at competitive tariffs.

It may be mentioned that PTCL and DSL operators were unable to reach consensus on some of the issues such as permissibility to DSL operators to lease bandwidth from other private operators, laying fiber at PTCL co-location sites, prices and discounts offered by PTCL for domestic and international bandwidth and provisioning of VPN services. Resultantly, the DSL interconnect agreement was pending for quite some time. Taking cognisance of the issue, several meetings under the supervision of PTA were held between PTCL and DSL operators to resolve these issues.

The PTA Chairman said that owing to this agreement and resulting competition would reduce broadband tariffs significantly. This would not only attract new broadband subscribers, but would also motivate dialup users to shift to broadband services, thereby increasing the broadband penetration in Pakistan.

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