ISPAK Alleges PTCL of Illegally Using Extra Frequency

Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan has raised its concern over illegal use of frequency by PTCL.

In a letter written to Frequency Allocation Board, ISPAK has said that PTCL is illegally using extra frequency for its 9.3 Mbps wireless internet service called Nitro.

ISPAK noted that PTCL was allocated frequency band of 1975-1980 MHz and 1895-1900 MHz for use of its CDMA/WLL services. However, company is now using 1975-1981.875 and 1895-1901.875 MHz thus occupying extra 3.75 MHz of band not originally allocated to them.

ISPAK has urged FAB to charge PTCL pro-rated charges for this extra usage and serious action for the violation.

It merits mentioning here that frequency of 3.75 MHz for major cities of Pakistan is worth millions of dollars, meaning that PTCL is possibly causing millions of loss to PTA, FAB and the government if company is proven guilty.

A query sent to PTCL for their viewpoint on this is still awaiting response.

Following is the copy of ISPAK’s said letter:

Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan

(ISPAK)

No. 3(5)/2010

aa10 December 2010

Executive Director

Frequency Allocation Board

Government of Pakistan

Islamabad

Subject:          Illegal use of frequency by PTCL

Dear Sir,

PTCL was allocated frequency band of 1975-1980 MHz and 1895-1900 MHz for use of its CDMA/WLL services. Currently PTCL is using this frequency for its broadband services advertised as EVO Nitro. But in reality, PTCL is using 1975-1981.875 and 1895-1901.875 MHz thus occupying extra 3.75 MHz of band not originally allocated to them. PTCL is using this extra band in major cities of the country including Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi, as verified by us through field monitoring.

2.         Extra use of wireless spectrum is not only illegal but also deprives Government from millions of dollars revenue earned on auction of wireless spectrum to telecom operators.

3          We therefore request that punitive action be kindly undertaken against PTCL for illegal use of wireless spectrum under relevant clauses of Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation) Act, 1996 and PTCL should be billed for the spectrum charges based on the pro-rata charges of spectrum fee at previous auctioned prices for each telecom region.

With kind regards.

Yours truly,

Wahaj us Siraj

Convener

c.c.      Chairman PTA, Islamabad

Member Telecom, Ministry of IT, Islamabad

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Hahah what can you expect from them :). First they stole the name of Nitro DSL package from Micronet and now using illegal frequency for the same stolen name package :)haha.

  • Yar, why don’t they understand that PTCL being the biggest telecom in Pakistan still lacks technical expertise, if they outsource they can’t check if work done is according to the contract.

    Best Example is that mostly of their exchanges have frequent DSL problems but they can’t do anything about it.

  • Extra use of spectrum? In telecoms importance is on efficient usage of spectrum. FAB/PTA should be sued for wasting precious spectrum. DV com’s spectrum is idle since 2004 and while ISPAK has issues with extra it remains silent on wastage of precious resources?

    Clearly shows a mentality of “khedaan gai na khedan deyaan gai”

    Yes it is wrong if PTCL is using the unpaid for extra spectrum but it is equally unfair on the part of ISPAK to worry about a small portion that is being illegitimately used while saying nothing about 10s of Mhz that are being wasted by PTA/FAB just because they are not clear and also because they just want to make money by making the abundant resource a scarcity (in a situation where there are not too many operators interested in the spectrum)

    • Agreed…
      In India.. 3G spectrum licences are auctioned against billions of dollars… now operators are worried about covering the cost itself and nothing about profit for years…
      if frequency is reduced, users will suffer so ptcl should purchase this portion.. and about ispak… what r they doing… waiting for some straw while drowning into broadband market…

  • PTCL already does so many illegal things but don’t let others do. They like to bust grey calling. It’s not fair.

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