Internet Downtime and Penalties: PTA’s Definitions

Just read one recent RFP of PTA – as authority wants some ISP to provide internet and intranet services to PTA headquarter and its zonal offices. Out of proposed contract we found one very interesting thing, that we want to share with out readers – its about service downtime – and penalties on ISPs in case of downtime.

Funny as it sounds (as we don’t have any such policy otherwise) but the thing that amused me the most was the explanation of ‘Downtime”. Keep reading to know why i said it amusing.

Wikipedia definition of downtime is “a period of time that a system fails to provide or perform its primary function”.

Now, PTA in its recent RFP for award of internet services contract wrote something like this

Maximum Allowable Downtime (Downtime is considered when Both Wireless & DSL are down or degraded services defined below) in one complain or Day will be 30 Minutes.

Downtime is considered if there’s a 50 % packet loss in case of Internet bandwidth and degraded is considered if there’s more than 3 % Packet loss which will be checked by unit of customer and third party software like MRTG.

Apparently – by this authority means that 30 minutes of downtime (per day) is allowable, anything beyond this will be penalized – that’s pretty kind of PTA I would say.

They didn’t stop here though. They have actually put in the penalties in case of downtime. Let’s have a look!

Most you people must be wondering that what’s so wrong about it? There is nothing wrong in here fellas, but just think that how much downtime you get at your own homes? Got my point!!.

Now, tell me how much penalty do you put in on your service provider for the downtime during the month. Zero % I am sure.

But don’t you think that PTA should start similar penalty kind of service contract for customers too. Am I right?

We receive emails from PTCL and Wateen customers, who are suffering down time for days – but there is no one to hear their pleas. And look at PTA, its securing its account so bluntly but no rule or policy for customers.

Link Down age on per month basis

Penalty Percentage

Less than or equal to 3 Hours Monthly

No Penalty

Greater than 3.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 6 Hours Monthly

2 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 6.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 10 Hours Monthly

5 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 10.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 15 Hours Monthly

10 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 15.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 20 Hours Monthly

20 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 20.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 30 Hours Monthly

30 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 30.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 40 Hours Monthly

40 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 40.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 50 Hours Monthly

50 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 50.1 Hours and Less than or equal

to 60 Hours Monthly

60 % of Monthly Invoice

Greater than 60 hours

100 % of Monthly Invoice