PTA suspends FLL’s Operator License

Pakistan Telecom-munication Authority (PTA) has suspended license of Fixed Local Loop (FLL) operator Zari Telecommunication after it failed to roll-out obligations in the region, it was learnt on Wednesday.

Official sources told the telecom watchdog has asked the defaulter FLL operator to suspend all its telephony services awarded under the terms of its license in its area of coverage immediately till June 30, 2009.

However, it said the non-exclusive FLL operator may restore its license and services after it met the mandatory requirement stated by the authority.

The company was awarded license No LL-16-2004 dated July 19, 2004 by the authority to provide the licensed services in the three Licensed Regions of ITR, HTR and NTR-1 and to establish, maintain and operate a Telecommunication System on the terms and conditions, mentioned in the license.

Under PTA’s laws mentioned in license conditions, the operator was obliged to establish at least one Network Connection Point in each Licensed Region 2 and commence the provision of Mandatory Services, within eighteen months from the effective date, like the date of issuance of the licence.

The licensee failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the license and the directions of the authority concerning roll-out obligation despite extended relaxations by the authority. Furthermore, in this regard it had served show-cause in March 2009, which was also not responded.

The telecom watchdog has also fined and warned two Data Class Value-Added Service providers for change of management and control of licenses without informing the authority.

It has fined Rs 10,000 to Sindh-based Check Mate, a service provider of vehicle tracking for the violation of stated laws, whereas it warned another Punjab-based vehicle tracker not to repeat infringement of this law.

Via Daily Times