Dial-Up Internet Goes Postpaid – PTCL Signs Agreement with 3 ISPs

ptcl_isps_agreementPTCL has signed revenue sharing agreements with three major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including Link dot Net, Sky Net and Comsats. The agreement signing ceremony was held at PTA HQs, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen, where representatives of PTA, PTCL and ISPs were also present.

It may be mentioned that ISP industry, over the past few years was not making headway and was facing difficulties in expanding its user-base inspite of low tariffs. With the signing of this agreement with PTCL, ISPs will now offer internet services at zero tariffs to general public on postpaid mechanism. The users will only be charged local call tariffs for 20-minutes pulse by PTCL revenue for which shall be shared between PTCL and ISPs. It is expected that internet will now proliferate to every nook and corner of the country as internet users can be able to avail free internet services of any ISP of their choice without the hassle of buying prepaid cards.

Previously, the internet dialup services had unlimited metering, however, on the request of PTCL and ISPs, PTA has agreed to change pulse duration of 131 calls to 20-minutes provided the ISPs shall not charge the users for internet services. This decision by PTA will go a long way in bridging the digital divide across the country. It is hoped that this will also benefit the development of the telecommunication services in general and ICT services in particular. Other ISPs will also sign similar agreement with PTCL.

Chairman, PTA expressed his gratification on the cooperation extended by PTCL and ISPs in making this positive change possible. He was hopeful that with this sense of cooperation and mutual trust, similar agreements will also be made for proliferation of broadband services in the country. He said that broadband users are expected to grow to 5 million by 2010 in the country.

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  • ۔۔۔provided the ISPs shall not charge the users for internet services۔۔۔
    kia matlab?

    • @ڈفر, The users will only be charged local call for 20-minutes pulse by PTCL – this is Rs. 2.01 per 20 minutes. This money willl be shared between PTCL and ISP.

      So users will pay for 20 mins pulse, not the internet

      • @Aamir Attaa, samjh nai aai, when ppl will buy a scratch card, where that amount wil go?

        • @DuFFeR, No – they will not buy any scratch card… they will just dial the number (publicized by ISPs) with open usernamr and password….! and that’s it.

          They can use internet without any prepaid credit.

          All usage will be billed in monthly bills @ Rs. 2.01 per 20 minutes

          I hope its clear.

  • Samz

    tumhara matlab if i use 1 hour mujhe sirf 6rs dene hongay? but what ager line 20 mins se pahle disconnect hojaye?

    • @Samz, pulse 20 minutes ki hogi. 20 minutes tak aik unit giray ga… then dosra unit jo kay 39th minute tak chalta rahay ga..! and so on

  • Samz

    you made it clear thank you

  • Farooq

    The PTCL Along with other ISP’S trying to looting the pakistanis its not a very good idea and this act will reduce the number of its users. the 1st one is me, now i will not try to logged inn for more than 19 minutes, coz if i conntect to the internet for and down load something that last for more than 19 minutes it will be more costly compare to the previous tariff. it means that we have to say “”NO”” to you tube metacafe google cideos and other downloading sites.
    Ptcl should decide not to charge a local call on 131 numbers.

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  • Sherjeel

    What a bad decision taken under the umbrella of PTA!

    I’m a poor student and cannot afford broadband internet. Due to my course requirement, I am a regular Dial-Up Internet User and have been using LinkDotNet’s Rs.50 Card offering 25 hours; i.e. Rs.2/hour. My daily average internet usage is 4 hours that was just Rs. 10.43 = (2 * 4) + (2.01 + 0.42 GST) before but now it costs Rs. 29.19 = 4 * ((2.01 + 0.42) * 3).

    (2.01 + 0.42) is charges for a local.
    0.42 is the 21% GST on 2.01.

    Let’s assume that during the usage of 4 hours, I encounter 3 disconnections. Even then it did cost 17.29 = (2 * 4) + {(2.01 + 0.42 GST) * 3}, much less than 29.19.

    What is this government doing with poor! I’ve heard that the former chairman of the PTA, Shehzada Alam had rejected this proposal once.

    On the one side, ISPs claiming falsely the internet is free but on the other side, poor public is still buying internet scratch cards unknowingly, benefiting the ISPs two folds. I myself have scratch cards of around Rs.350 and they are now just waste.