Sunday, August 22, 2004

Liberty At Last!

New licenses for Long Distance & International (LDI) and Local Loop (LL) operations have been issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to a number of companies. Spectrum auction has also taken place for the 1.9 GHz, 479 Mhz, 3.5 GHz and 450 Mhz frequency bands that would be used by these new telecom operators (DVCom, Telecard, WorldCall, Al-Warid), to operate their networks. PTCL has already started revising its tariffs downwards in an obvious fear of the would-be-competitors. Mobile telephony rates are also coming down with the nationwide mobile roaming charges going the way of dinosaurs. Internet bandwidth tariffs have also been revised by PTCL downwards. Very soon, the new telecom operators will use their respective licenses to bring independent bulk Internet backbone connectivities for local Internet Service Providers.