In accordance with international trends, a regulatory body for Pakistan telecom systems and services was established with the nomenclature of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) under the Pakistan Telecommunication Reorganization Act 1996. Main functions of the Authority are to facilitate entry of new service providers into the market, liberalize environment for telecommunication equipment and services and provide a level playing field to all telecom operators, especially to the new small operators with the ultimate objective of unbundling of services.
The main objective of the PTA is to bring Pakistan telecom sector at par with other developing countries in the field of telecom. The vision of PTA is to promote investment, encourage competition and protect consumer?s interest. It started implementing the deregulation policy both for fixed and cellular mobile and successfully completed first phase of deregulation during this year.
For that purpose of deregulation, Deregulation Policy was announced on July 13, 2003 to put an end to PTCL?s monopoly on basic telephony, which was followed by the announcement of Mobile Cellular Phone Policy in January 2004.
The first phase of deregulation process of telecom sector stands successfully completed with the issuance of two new licensing, 12 long Distance and International (LDI), 76 Fixed Local Loop (FLL) and 92 Wireless Local Loop (WLL) licenses....