Breaking: LDI Operators Asked to Charge Pre-ICH Rates for International Incoming Calls

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has Directed all LDI operators to restore pre-ICH calling rates for international incoming calls to Pakistan to comply with court orders, told us a source who is familiar with the development.

In a letter written to all LDI operators, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has communicated to operators that authority’s earlier letters regarding ICH were suspended and operators should charge pre-ICH rates only to comply with court orders.

With this, the letter that had revised the rates for international incoming calls has also been withdrawn, ensuring that rates for international incoming calls to Pakistan are now finally going to go down to pre-ICH level.

LDI operators are given a deadline for December 24th, 2012 to bring down the rates.

PTA’s earlier letters that are said to be withdraws are as following:

All operators were asked to submit their compliance report to PTA by December 24th, 2012.

This letter from authority to operators (produced below) marks as the final nail in ICH coffin, with ending everything that had been done on International Clearing House or ICH.

With this, international incoming calls are now finally to get down to pre-ICH level, a relief that Pakistanis living abroad were seeking since October 1st – when rates were increased from 300 to 800 percent for all calls made to Pakistan.

Read this letter below yourself:


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  • Sameer Ali

    What are the Pre-ICH rates? what will be the rates now? Again 0.0125 rates?

    • Muhammad Rizwan

      0.0125 dollar from which service you were using before? Please share with us.

      • Sameer Ali

        All LDI were selling at this rate before ICH. Multinet, 4B, Wateen, PTCL, Dancom, Redtone. I do have rate notfications by them. It is not very wonder thing but very common in market. That’s why I am asking that what are Pre-ICH rates? ProPakistani totally confusing it. If anyone have 17 August 2011 Rate Revised PTA Letter. Please share.

        • Faizan

          I think he meant to ask which service you are using to call Pakistan (post some links please).

          It will be beneficial to have a post/poll of what services people use to call Pakistan from abroad and which is the cheapest, most valuable etc.

  • lazyboss

    Abhi tak toh purana rate he hay, lets wait till 24th December ! Can anyone else confirm ?

  • Allah ka shukar he… dair ayad drust ayad

  • Gulab Shah

    thats raelly good so i can call my gf :D

    • BLAH!

      No progress so far!

  • اظہر علی

    oh really…?

  • Sameer Ali

    If anyone know Pre-ICH rates then please share the letter (17th August 2011 which is mentioned by PTA in letter). Other than as I know, it will take 1 month after 14th January as all POPs are disconnected and LDIs have to arrange them again and issue the payments and then they can bring their operations.

    • aamir7
      • Sameer Ali

        Let say Pre-ICH rates are as mentioned in your referred link. But same Pre-ICH rates are mention at this letter which is supposed to be withdrawn. Which is confusing me. So please explain it thanks

        • aamir7

          My mistake… the letter that had revised rates after ICH is available on this link:

          I have updated links in the post as well. Earlier links was for rates that were approved an year ago.

          • Sameer Ali

            Ok thanks. Now can you share letter of August 17, 2011 where PTA said rates restored to that date letter? 2ndly again LDIs will sell on 0 markups? and will not pay APC? or now there is any rule so where they are restricted to follow PTA defined rates?

            • aamir7

              This is August 17th, 2011 letter:

              APC is supposed to be collected by LDIs, but we don’t know their intents — especially when competition is there.

              • Sameer Ali

                Again thanks for quick reply. Last thing I want to ask that Pre-ICH rates will be effective from 24th? and LDIs will send notifications to buyers at 24th December? or it will be at 14th January 2013?

                • aamir7

                  PTA has asked operators to submit compliance report by Dec 24th… so this is the date they are supposed to get things done.

                  Jan 14th is case hearing date, in which PTA will submit compliance report.

                  Both are different deadlines for different bodies by different authorities :-)

                  • Sameer Ali

                    hmmm. So we can expect on 24th but they would like to enjoy till 14th January 2013.

                    • Bilal

                      24th Dec passed
                      14th Jan passed

                      still no change………………..!

                    • Sameer Ali

                      wait for change untill Govt. passed.

      • ali

        so when exactly will the rates go down?

  • Zia

    Shukar hai :)

  • Amir

    Lyca mobile still charging 8p/min while it was 1p/min from UK – so see what happens after 24th

    • Sameer Ali

      24th December is not date for reducing the rate. It is date of compliance reports should be submit. So through these reports LDIs will make sure that they will bring down the rate. When? there is a process time like activating International Circuits, making agreements with MOs/LLs and rate notifications after meetings with other LDIs for a decided rate. It will could be possible in Mid of February 2013 when consumer will get low rate. Again rate will be between 0.065 to 0.075.

      • ali

        when will the rates go down?

  • poor overseas paki

    any update?

    • BLAH

      None so far. It seems that even this directive just went down the drain. No changes in rates what so ever! God, what pathetic country we have!

      • poor overseas paki

        wow allah plz help us n thanks for replying buddy

  • اظہر علی

    Today is 25 but rate same before.. not low.. why?

    • Blah

      Congratulations! Isn’t this why you ousted Musharraf and voted for people like Zardari? Didn’t you all want democracy?

      I am sorry I sound a little harsh but really, it hurts to see our country become utter crap.

  • Nasrat

    Why are we not seeing the change any news

  • amin

    When will rates actually decrease…anybody have some idea?

  • hamidbuneri

    today date 31 December but same rates..before 20 /but now 40 its a double rate now

    we overseas do nothing .. now vote for what?

    our corrupt Politicians .. you peoples like to these kind of leaders? Refuses ..we leave to our families .. and our country ,friends, games ,ground,night gap shap with friends.i really cry for this.. but we can change to pakistan by our vote.. but we give to vote wich person all corrupt and 200% cheaters …any way Pakistan Zindaabad

  • aliimran

    what will this happened … i wat wat wat … what will we do for our country and why why … our goverment is absltly blind for us they don,t have any care of thousands of peoples they lived abroad … why we give votes to corrupt leadership we miss our country but our leaders don,t care of us … they just look for our benifit

  • nasrat

    stop sending money to corrupt pakistan and the next day they will make the calls cheap, Its not the pakistan goverment it is the people that send money to pakistan and that is all of UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • sdfdsf

    koi update

    • blah

      Not so far no! :(

  • ijaz ahmed

    koi updates rates k bary mn abi tk down kyon ni huy

  • tayyab

    any update?? kal case ki hearing hui ya nahi??

  • Tayyab

    Case of Brain Telecom in Lahore High Court (LHC) against the tax imposed on international incoming telephone calls was postponed/cancelled due to wrongly fixed.

  • amin

    any news regarding foreign call rates?????

  • asdasdas

    its 02-07-13 and still nothing