It expired at the start of the year
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has renewed PTCL’s integrated licence for the next 25 years, starting from January 1, 2021.
Licence is technology-neutral and PTCL shall be able to provide all state-of-the-art telecom services under the renewed licence except mobile services across the country in 14 telecom regions.
In order to have enhanced quality of services (QoS) parameters, the renewed licence entails conditions including a 5% annual increase of Next Generation Access Network (NGAN) connections and QoS service parameters as per international standards.
Conditions related to consumer protection, helpline services, commercial agreement obligations, and others have also been included in the licence. The licence fee comprises 0.66 % of the annual gross revenue of the licensee paid upfront, whereas 0.5% shall be paid as annual license fees, and 2% for USF and R&D Fund.
For the already allocated WLL spectrum, the price has been linked with the USD to be deposited by PTCL every year. PTCL will be able to use Radio Frequency Spectrum till 2024, as per the existing allocation.
The licensee shall ensure consumer data privacy and network security. As per license conditions, PTA shall monitor service quality periodically.
PTCL informed the Pakistan Stock Exchange about the renewal on Wednesday.
The company obtained its 25-year licence in 1996. On January 2, it was reported that the licence had not been renewed and that the company was operating without a licence.
The PTCL spokesperson said the PTA was sent a request to extend the licence in 2018 but the authority replied that when the licence expires a decision will be made according to the government policy at the time.