In view of current political situation in the country, and upcoming long March on Monday Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has asked all cellular companies to lower their cell sites’ capacity to decrease number of simultaneous connections at a time.
This verbal order was communicated to all cellular companies by colonel Yawar at PTA, told us a high official from a cellular company. Adding further, he confirmed us that regulator has asked us to decrease number of simultaneous connections per tower in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, especially F5, F6, F7, F8, G6, G8, G9, G10 and Aabpara.
PTA’s spokesman was not available for the comment.
This act is apparently aimed at creating trouble for customers in establishing connections, especially Journalists, Lawyers and political leaders.
If carried away, this action is going to largely harm routine life.
Update (March 15, 2009 – 1:00 PM): SMS service in Islamabad/Rawalpindi is down on all networks
Update (March 16, 2009 – 3:15 AM) SMS Services in Islamabad/Rawalpindi restored!