WorldCall Pledges to Pay Rs 1.425 Bln Dues to PTA For Avoiding Suspension of License

worldcall_logoWorldCall Telecom Limited has agreed to pay its outstanding dues of Rs 1.425 billion to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on the account of Access Promotion Contribution after settlement of all its legal issues with the authority.

The telecom operator has ensured the authority to deposit a huge amount in installments by September 2011 on time along with late payment fees, PTA determination order released said.

WorldCall has made the upfront payment of Rs.250 million out of Rs.1.425 billion and deposited ten post dated cheques of the remaining amounts along with undertaking as per the requirements of the PTA.

The telecom watchdog has disposed off its show-cause notices subsequently the operator withdrew all cases it filed in the court to challenge authority orders.

Worldcall undertook to accept any and all decisions taken by the authority in accordance with applicable law, in case of any default by Worldcall in making the said payments as provided in the payment plan.

Worldcall ensured the authority that it will not go to court of law if any action is taken by the PTA in accordance with applicable law against Worldcall for any default in making the said payments.

However, in case of non-encashment /dishonoring/bouncing of any of the aforesaid cheque(s) along with late payment charges, its license No.LDI-10(17)-2004 dated 26th July, 2014 shall stand suspended from the date of occurrence of non-encashment/ dishonoring /bouncing of each cheque along with non-payment of late payment charges thereon, without further notice, PTA order said.

Earlier, the licensee was issued show-cause notice in May 2010 under section 23 of the Act whereby required the licensee to remedy the contravention by making the payments of Rs. 293.728 million immediately.

The notice issued demanded operators to submit written reply within thirty (30) days of and explain as to why the license should not be suspended, terminated or any other enforcement order should not be passed under section 23 of the Act against the licensee.

The licensee had failed to make the payments on account of APC for USF Contribution despite repeated demands of the authority in contravention of the AP Rules, the AP regulations, condition of the license and directives of the PTA.

It owes dues for the months of November and December, 2009 including late payment charges thereon amounting to Rs 293.728 million; Rs.149.864 million; Rs.136.459 million and late payment charges thereon Rs.7.404 million calculated up to 30th April, 2010.