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With this, the letter that had revised the rates for international incoming calls has also been withdrawn, ensuring that rates for international incoming calls to Pakistan are now finally going to go down to pre-ICH level.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:
- MoIT’s Policy Directive – Dated August 13th, 2012
- PTA’s Applicable Rates – Dated August 30th, 2012
- Suspension of Circuits letter issued by PTA – Dated September 25th, 2012
- ICH Agreement – Dated August 30th, 2012
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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