Telcos, Come Out of Decency and Strike Back Against Government Policies

imagesTelecom is usually considered a decent sector, with noble human resource and harmless people in general. They are usually taken as seamless gentlemen who easily comply with every government directive and policy that is thrown at them.

Be it the shut down orders of cellular services or the ever-changing rules of selling of new SIMs, telecom sector has always followed government directives without complaining anything. They in fact appreciated government’s efforts for curbing terrorism and faced monetary losses under the head of national security.

I am not saying they are angels and saints, there is chance that their silence is due to interests not known to common men, but the point is that they never been so vocal like other sectors and institutions.

Cellular operators usually opt for soft words and between the lines messages to convey their communication. They rather keep quite and look for competition companies to take the lead when ever there’s an industry wide issue. And often they end up without saying anything.

However, this has to change now.

If you are not aware, then government has recently issued a directive regarding the sale of new SIMs and has asked operators to shut down their entire sales’ network and imposed a ban on MNP. Operators are asked to send new SIMs from December 1st, 2012 to home addresses (as per CNIC) of customers.

This game changing directive will not hurt only cellular operators but at least 600,000 families who were directly dependent on sales channels of cellular operators will get impacted. If implemented, this directive will cause limitless consequences on our social system, to ultimately kill the ecosystem that cellular operators have developed over the years.

The time has come for cellular operators to stop relying on in-direct channels to protest. Media, marketing muscle, lobbying or diplomatic channels won’t play anything now. This time a direct and clear communication from telecom companies is required to take on the government.

Telecom companies will have to use all their resources to put political government on their knees. Instead of silently complying with mindless policies, they should look into the eyes of policy makers to tell them the realities of modern businesses. And it won’t be the first time that government will back-down from its stand, this has happened before and can happen again.

If not stopped, next they will ask you to sell your businesses to government in the name of national security.

Cellular companies: come out of your well kept decency and act. The Now or never moment has come. Its not only you now, it’s a matter of millions of families who rely on you for their livelihoods.

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

  • Telecom companies will face such type of bans etc coz they had not paid “Zardai Commission” in my opinion :) as elections are very near and Commission amount raised from 10% to 50% :D

  • These companies have a good no of Specialists who are master of handling such situations.They were silent because of their company interest.They have to consider many factors as they generate a great profit from Pakistan.So Amir Atta bhai u need not to worry about them and dnt need to dictate them as what to do and when.They are smart people.

  • Aamir Attaa: If not stopped, next they will ask you to sell your businesses to government in the name of national security.

    Abdul Rahman Malik: What an idea sir g ;)

  • telecom just need to use their resources :-) No pgysical protest is needed
    just taping of couple of calls of Madari and Halkan Moh-lik will do the trick :-)

  • telecom just need to use their resources :-) No physical protest is needed
    just taping of couple of calls of Madari and Halkan Moh-lik will do the trick :-)

    • Fahad bahi, mnp se service per koi effect nahin parta or ye to awam ke faiday ke liyea he, jis network ke achey rates hain us per port kar jawo , or network quality kharab honey ki waja se dosrey networks per ja kar same number hi use karney ki asani he.

  • Companies ko chahyeah ke aik din ke liye pore pakistan main network close kar dain , sab ko pata chal jaye ga………………………….

  • Telcos were waiting for something like this.. now that they have been woken up by the author, i am sure they will take some action. ;-)

  • Telecom is the only industry in Pakistan that has an upward graph. Govt is on it now, perhaps they want their commission in the business. I have concerns for the thousands families who will be effected with govt’s decision. Franchises and local retailers can buy SIMs prior to Dec.1, no?

  • Its,s a good step from government, there should be some restrictions for every thing, other wise it will destroy our nation, and by the way morally we are already at edge of destruction, and these cellular operator had played a major role in it. they made profit from all the ways they can.
    And in every develop country there are rules for Mobil network operator, whey not in Pakistan.

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