Apr 10

3G and 4G licenses in Pakistan will be held on April 23

3G 4G Suprem Court PakistanIslamabad: Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Ismail Shah told the Supreme Court of Pakistan that auction of 3G and 4G licenses in Pakistan will be held on April 23.

He informed the apex court during the hearing of 3G and 4G auction, headed by Justice Jawaad Khuwaja.

During the hearing, Ismail Shah informed the apex court that the country would earn around rupess 1.3 trillion which would help the deteriorating economy of Pakistan.

The SC adjourned the hearing of 3G and 4G license auction case till April 16.

Nov 21

Cellular companies directed to slash night packages

Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has directed the mobile companies to slash their night calling packages as these are proving to be a cause of social nuisance.PTA

The authority cited views conveyed by some segments of the society as the reasons behind the fresh directive. According to them, the aforementioned calling packages or late night packages are diminishing the intelligence of youths, and causing misguidance and wastage of time.

It merits mentioning here that recently, Punjab Assembly had passed a resolution demanding imposition of ban on these calling packages for the same reasons described above.

May 30

Income Tax: FBR freezes PTA accounts over Rs3.6 billion in dues

 The Federal Bureau of Revenue’s (FBR) Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) froze accounts of the  (PTA) for outstanding liabilities amounting to Rs3.6billion.PTA

According to a notification issued on Tuesday, the FBR said that it has attached all bank accounts of the PTA for the amount it owed to the exchequer in income taxes.

The PTA was served with a recovery notice under Section 138(10 of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001, to deposit the outstanding liabilities by May 28, which it failed to do so.

The Chief Commissioner, LTU Islamabad formed teams to recover the amount from PTA through attachment of bank accounts and its receivables from Mobile Operators, Wireless Local Loop (WLL) operators, Long Distance & International (LDI) operators, Land Line (LL) operators and the Ministry of Information Technology.

Mobilink settles outstandings

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Mobile Communications’ (Mobilink) agreed to pay its outstanding tax amount of Rs2.5 billion (revised down from Rs8 billion) by May30, by availing FBR’s Tax Surcharge and Penalty Waiver Scheme.

The issue has been resolved amicably.

May 20

Twitter Blocked in Pakistan

Micro-blogging website Twitter has been temporarily banned across Pakistan on Sunday by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).Twitter blocked

According to the Ministry of Information Technology, twitter was blocked because it failed to respond and take action regarding the publishing of blasphemous content. The IT ministry claims it had contacted twitter several times over this matter even sending faxes overnight but it had failed to respond.

In 2010 following a Lahore High Court ruling, facebook was blocked in Pakistan for the same reason. Twitter has grown in popularity in the last few years and it is estimated that 6 million people use it in Pakistan.

Apr 09

Pakistan all set to auction 3G technology worth around $1bn

3G in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The government is going to shortlist three major contenders for selection of consultant by next week for high profile transaction of third generation (3G) technology that possesses potential to bring investment of over $1 billion, it is learnt.

The official documents available with The News disclosed that Auction Supervisory Committee (ASC) under chairmanship of Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh will meet on April 11 to finalize short listing of three major parties having international repute for appointment as consultant out of total 10 to 12 interested parties.

“This process may not be completed within the current fiscal year but ASC has taken decision in principle that transparency will not be compromised and Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules will be adhered to,” senior government official confided to The News here on Friday.

When contacted Secretary Ministry of Information Technology Farooq Awan said that the appointment of consultant and completion of transaction would be completed in a transparent manner.

He said that around 10 to 12 interested parties showed their interest for the slot of consultant and this process would be completed by the end of this month.

Sources said that the short-listed parties would be asked to submit RFP (Request for Proposal) and financing bidding after which the lowest bidder would be selected for appointment of consultant.

The consultant would be assigned to evaluate ‘Reserved Price’ for this transaction on the basis of his or her expertise and appointment of independent consultant would give credibility to this crucial transaction.