PTCL Challenges PTA’s Fine Over Extra Usage of Spectrum [Updated]

Pakistan Telecommunication Limited has challenged a determination issued by PTA that imposed a fine of Rs. 82.496 million on company for alleged use of extra radio frequency spectrum for it’s EVO service than it was originally allocated.

A statement sent to us by PTCL said:

“The impugned order passed by PTA has been challenged in the court of law by PTCL and the same has been suspended by the Honourable High Court. Therefore, the matter is now sub judice.”

PTA in it’s determination said that PTCL was allocated frequency band of 1975-1980 MHz and 1895-1900 MHz for use of its CDMA/WLL services. However, PTCL was using 1975-1981.875 and 1895-1901.875 MHz thus occupying extra 3.75 MHz of band not originally allocated to them.

PTCL was reportedly using this extra band in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi.

Authority had asked the company to pay the fine in 30 days in addition to sparing the spectrum during the same period.

Here’s the copy of PTA’s determination for the PTCL (PDF File – 123 KB)

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  • AsadGhumman

    Excellent…..
    Hope PTA also takes notice of PTCL trying to make a cut-throat competition for other services providers about charges of Internet BW colocations at PTCL exchanges.

  • Hamayun khan

    Just 82.496 million come on pta its a large company with full of shits make it atleast 100 million

    PTCL always try to decieve government and consumers

  • Echo. . . .

    Previously Ufone was also charged such heavy fine for not following 789 new sim activations SOP, did they paid this or not..?

  • basit147

    so what does it mean for the costumer
    if ptcl comes back to its original frequency
    will it lower speed
    coz ptcl evo is already in deep sh!t

  • shahbaz

    hahaha. Violate law, then goto courts to claim innocence. I wonder, how will technologically illiterate courts decide on a matter like this?
    PTA should have revoked their license first even if temporarily. Even when the matter is so called “sub judice”, license can be suspended. BUT, this is Pakistan :)

  • Salam, pta speed up ko kha le kr jana ha jo stop krwa rhe ho

  • dimensional555

    PTA and FAB can never prove it in court of law that PTCL is using extra spectrum ;)
    First the court has to decide the right equipment which can prove the usage of extra spectrum( if PTCL wont let it secrets out by itself :P).
    Then both parties, along with court representative have to calibrate that equipment to get the results( if PTCL is smart, it can change the spectrum occupancy in a single stroke of THE keyboard). Then after a months of monitoring,,they can switch back.

    The PTA, MoIT and FAB, must have the equipment which can Jam any other frequency range which has not been authorized to operate in certain regions, and that requires money and experts which PTA, FAB and MoIT may lack!

    Playing Court-court wont solve this issue :)

    Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    This is a bold step by PTA finally and i think the only one so far.

    Credit goes to ISPAK for pushing and highlighting this misuse, other wise the PTCL led PTA will never react because the history is known to everyone.