PTA Regulates Clock Synchronization for Telecom Networks

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued a regulation draft called “Clock Synchronization Regulations 2010”, for time synchronization of telecommunication networks in the country.

These regulations shall apply to all LDI/LL/Cellular mobile/CVAL Data licensee for the purpose of synchronization of their system clocks across network for error free billing, call data record and data recovery procedures.

Through this regulation PTA has asked telecom operators to maintain primary reference clock with their networks. All clocks on the network will be synchronized with this central PRC or Primary Reference Clock.

PTA has said that telecom operators can also synchronize their clocks through NTP or Network Time Protocol.

Once process is in place, all operators will submit their clock synchronization information to PTA for testing purpose and to maintain synchronization updated on regular intervals.

The licensee shall maintain a record of their clock synchronization test for (03) years. This record shall at all times be open to inspection and audit by the authority or representative of the authority.

On the basis of PTA findings and/ or at least 10 complaints filed to the PTA against a licensee in one month, the authority shall initiate an investigation process through an nominated officer.

Regulation Draft for “Clock Synchronization Regulations 2010” can be downloaded here (PDF File – 330 KB)