PTCL Opens Data Center in Pakistan

PTCL is going to get aggressive with hosting business as well. This is evident from its recently announced data center facility in Karachi.

PTCL has been offering web hosting and domain registration service since long, however, it didn’t show the seriousness the way it is demonstrating now.

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Tough time ahead for local web hosting companies, given that PTCL can manage billing so easily through its already running landline billing system. It merits mentioning here that Pakistani consumer is usually troubled due to in-availability of credit cards – a must have to buy hosting and domains from hosting companies.

Below is the PR for PTCL data center facility.

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) has launched the largest data center in Pakistan, the first of which will be located in Karachi.

This data center is engineered using the same rigid specifications, consistent with international standards and data center certification bodies and is enabled with technologies that proactively manages an enterprise’ mission-critical applications for predictable and continuous performance.

The PTCL Data Center is protected from intrusion and failure with multi-layered security, fail-safe redundancy, diversity measures, and rapid response recovery measures.

Talking about the data center, Senior Executive Vice President South Karachi, PTCL  Abdullah Yousaf, said that PTCL’s investment in these type of services underscores its commitment to the rapidly expanding ICT sector in Pakistan and highlights the rapidly growing demand in this market who turn to PTCL for integrated hosting and network solutions, allowing them to focus on their core business.  PTCL is making these investments on behalf of the business community of Pakistan, so that our customers can focus their resources on their core businesses, entrusting PTCL to provide what we do best – ICT.

The new center is directly connected to PTCL’s global MPLS backbone to offer a rich portfolio of hosting solutions with unparalleled network performance and features. PTCL offers capabilities designed to deliver greater efficiencies for hosting customers through the use of technologies such as storage on demand, processing on demand,  business continuity and disaster recovery, all of which are integrated with PTCL network services.

Senior Executive Vice President, Commercial, Naveed Saeed while highlighting the importance of data centre stated that the aim is to provide business enterprises in Pakistan a reliable, responsive and resilient infrastructure to suit the their needs.  The data center is designed and built to accommodate an enterprise’ IT equipment and software in a secure, managed and climatically controlled environment.  The bottom-line is to benefit our customers in terms of cost-effectiveness, efficiency of processes and scalability of needs.

PTCL is the only unified service provider in Pakistan and is able to service all enterprise segments with a comprehensive portfolio of products including fiber optic and wireless connectivity, MPLS, VPN, Managed and Hosted technology solutions. And now with PTCL’s data centre, a tailor made accommodation for an enterprise’ application processing environment together with appropriate connectivity to the fully redundant self healing optical fiber network backbone, a much higher level of security and technology support to an enterprises’ mission critical operations is being offered.


  • Faraz Ahmed

    Lolz ptcl ka state of art data center us waqt band ho jaye ga i think jab enke under-water fiber optic wire cut jaye ge aur phir months tak k liye band raha ga jaisay inke internet services reh chuke han past me.

  • Usman

    @Mehwish Khan

    Sorry to say but you are absolutely wrong here. Nothing is going to happen to local hosting companies because PTCL became “aggressive” in this market. Local companies are losing customer only because of their bad business practice. Credit Card is not a requirement with local hosts. Most offer various other payment methods.

    PTCL can never (and I mean never ever) provide the hosting that is required to run a highly available site.

    Even if they come back after new birth (you know the Urdu saying for that ;)), the pathetic support, the lame excuses, the carelessness of customer service they have will always remain their speciality.

    • admin

      Usman, i agree with you – if i was sure of quality and support from local companies, or say PTCL, i would never ever give heavy bucks to foreign companies for services.

    • Junaid Ahmed

      plzz contact data center with me , i wana services

  • Muhammad Ali

    Initiating a premier web hosting service is certainly a good move. Setting aside the problems associated, if they are taken care properly i assume that is a new dawn, as having local service it will eliminate the latency and other issues. most of the websites are hosted at US or managed by US operated companies. So each request has to travel half world with thousands of devices and connections in between to reach the prime US backbone and then the data to travel back to PAK. It will create new ways to form Local highspeed services.

  • Yup..a data center with unreliable connectivity.. PTCL’s staff couldn’t handle the broadband setup, how would they manage the data center????

  • Sofh

    i think it would be a great setup. PTCL should have started it years ago , why we pay to data centers abroad ? i myself paying around $580 every month for three servers why not i pay these to my own country ?
    And who says PTCL wont be able to give a reliable service, with due respect to all views above , but i am a network admin myself and i know PTCL can do it very well.
    What happened to their broadband is a bit commercial rather then technical.
    they gave service on a very large scale and they dont have trained team , Just imagine normal line mans are coming to start your DSL connection and one day they will be trained :) no matter they know what is TCP/IP or not.

    and still if u visit KSA,UAE,Oman in other GCC you will come to know how better and cheaper is your Internet :)

    but running a data center is an operation inside a building and i really appreciate if PTCL is going to start such thing without any limits then surely Pakistan will be going to earn a lot from foreign customers too.
    insha Allah
    wasslam

    • Usman

      Hoping for something good is one thing, denying the facts is another.
      And if you really think that PTCL can provide a similar service (or even close to it) to “webmasters” for whom up-time is the most important thing, then you live in a dream world that doesn’t exist and that will ever exist.
      Try to look at things with clear mind.

  • Basit

    Its very good that they interduce hosting service. Prices are still high but i think well be reasonable according to their practice. However customer support remain problem i think they will tune it by time. Conclude proud to be a new product service for pakistan

  • Data Center looks great! PTCL has all the funding subsidized by the tax payers to build a Tier 2 data center. However, implications of tax payer subsidized business model ends up hurting private enterprise. PTCL has everything to gain and genuine private enterprise Hosts have everything to loose.
    PTCL can loose money until they can run their competitors out of business and this is not an easy business proposition for small Host.
    Beside running a data center is not an easy task; it requires expertise in Telecom, Networking, Servers, Cooling, Power, Backup generators and much more and I doubt PTCL has it all figured out but I am sure money can buy the essential talent.

    Data Center Services are going to increase rapidly for Pakistan and there is lots of growth for products like cloud computing…

  • Dear Usman and Others,
    i am not hoping , i am wishing PTCL.
    And i just not hear the things , i am myself a hardcore network admin and we at PTCL have one of the best networks.
    And i wasn’t talking about web hosting , thats very small thing, a data center for Web hosting is just not a difficult thing , i can make a data center in my home for web masters…

    its not about Web , neither PTCL needs to invest so much just for web masters …on a Data Center there is much more for we pay.

    My point is that if i am paying $580 every month to US data center then why not to Pakistan ?

    And how says PTCL can’t give uptime ,its not a dream brother its just matter of responsible men at data center and i am sure PTCL will care about it .
    Think Positive , cause still we have a lot to do/think Positive.

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  • Sharique

    Hey what is the cost or rent of these data centers?????

  • Imran

    Can anybody confirm me the price to Colocate a single server at ptcl’s lahore data center?

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  • suleman

    can any body confirm me the price of server or packages offered by ptcl data center