PTA Blocks 200,000 IPs, Thousands of SIMs and Devices, to Control Grey Traffic

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has said that it blocked more than 200,000 Inernet Protocl (IP) addreses, 1,382 mobile SIMs and 3160 phones/devices through their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers during last one month.

A statement issued by the regulator said that the grey monitoring system has been operational since early October 2013 and has the capability to automatically block those IPs – carrying VoIP traffic — which are not in the PTA’s whitelist.

Furthermore, after the installation of Grey Traffic monitoring equipment, as per the directions of Grey Traffic Monitoring Committee, PTA has conducted an extensive audit of the whitelist IPs. Now whitelisting of IPs is being done after a very stringent check and a strict SOP has been made in this regard.

As a result the IP whitelist has been rationalized and reduced from 51000 to 10,360.

In addition to this, PTA has launched a 24/7 complaint centre. Complainants can lodge their complaints through email ( [email protected] ), toll free phone (080055055), fax (051-2878127) and free sms (668) wherein they can report numbers in case any local number appears when receiving an international call.

Through this facility 1944 complaints have been received till date. The numbers reported are not only blocked, but are also analyzed for legal action.

In a recent case, grey traffic was detected by PTA and on further analysis it was established that a LDI (Long Distance and International) operator M/s Wise Communication (Pvt) Ltd. was involved in grey traffic.

A joint raid was conducted by PTA and FIA and illegal terminating equipment was confiscated and culprits apprehended.As per initial estimates a total of 11 Million minutes per month were being illegally brought into Pakistan by Wise Communication (Pvt) Ltd. In another two successful raids conducted in Karachi, PTA along with FIA confiscated nine (09) gateways.


  • Zohaib Jahan

    good job, i think proxy sites must also b banned

    • Guest

      Proxy sites se apko kya problem hai bhai iiiiiii

      • Itx ALi

        Bhai shadi shuda jo hain

        • Shahid Saleem

          I use proxy to access Technical Videos on Youtube. Or do you suggest married men should stop using their brains?

        • Zohaib Jahan

          still unmarried :P

        • Rukhshan

          hahaha

      • Zohaib Jahan

        q k PTA jo sites Pk me block karta hai
        wo sites proxy-sites sy open ho jati hai to phir block karnya ka fayda…!

        • nadeem

          ECP elections karwata hai FREE n FAIR , phir bhi rigging ho jati hai :) to kia ECP ka faida bhai ? ;) proxy ko kisi ka baap bhi nhn rok sakta hai ab to dynamic ip proxy a gayey hain aaj aik ip kul doosra , to kia pooray dunya k ip hi block kur day PTA :)

          • Zohaib Jahan

            suicide-attacks or drones attack sy loag mar rahy hai , USA , taliban nhi ruk rahy to kya loag ihtejaj karna b band kar dy?

  • Azi

    Yar PTA waly wo international calls per tax b khtm nai kar rahy phe grey trafic b block kar rahy hian tu hum kasy appno ko calls karin gy bhir se? hume tu expensive parti han na calls

    • soul

      jo paisa aap kamaty ho, us sy call karoo
      Ya phir koi trust khola jaye aap jaisy faqeroon k call k lye ;p

      • Azi

        just shut up busted man.. lant hai tumari soch par

        • Osama

          great answer….

        • Rukhshan

          great answer :P

      • Itx ALi

        hahahaha soul ny azi ki ly li :p

        • Azi

          Tumari main loun phr..?

      • Ali Salman

        If we stop sending remittances to Pakistan, don’t forget Pakistani economy will collapse as well as business activity in Pakistan. Don’t be so thankless like every government, PTA and many others. We send billions of dollars not only to our families but for Pakistan, otherwise we can do business here and can have more returns on investment with safety.

        • Azi

          yes we are sending… but this soul is making fun for us..nonsense

          • global.telco

            Azi Please don’t send and nor call to pakistan they making fun of you

            • Azi

              Dear,
              we are sending and making calls because of our families

        • global.telco

          First of All Mr.Ali Salman Pakistani pplz very thankful to you all that you sending remittances to pakistan otherwise our hospitals,schools,roads,electricity,sui gas,water and value of rupee also come down in short everything come in crisis we enjoying very much just because of your remittances its not fair that government increase call rates for foreigners and decrease for local calls.:)

    • fakhre alam

      yar yahan pakistan mein jo rate barh jaye phr usi py he guzara karo. other alternative is skype

      • Shahid Saleem

        The cost of calls is ARTIFICIALLY HIGH on purpose by our own government. It is MUCH MUCH higher than the actual cost of the equipment, bandwidth, phone lines, etc etc.

        The cost has nothing whatso ever to do with inflation or rates in Pakistan. People with licences are earning crores per month in profit. Even cutting the price of calls by 50% will not affect quality of calls.

        Do you even understand “cartelisation” term???

        • Guest

          did i even ask u something?

          • Shahid Saleem

            It’s a public forum, idiot. Anyone can reply to anyone else. Don’t like it, use PM.

        • Guest

          :-P

        • Guest

          :-D

    • Zohaib Jahan

      baat to apki theek hai
      use skype, yahoo, whats app, viber +others softwares

  • Ameen

    Aisi cheezon mein barray active hain ye haram khor, jab ke 3G mein koi pesh-raft mein maut pari hui hai 10 saalon se. Those dinosaurs at PTA who are bent on keeping the 20th century technology in order to preserve their revenue streams need to be thrown out so Pakistan can move into the future.

  • desi123

    Meray khayal main abhi pak main VOIP open hai. Meray paas pak main aik US ka number hai jis ko main dial kar sakta hoon. PTA iss per kuch ban laga rahi hai? koi Fine/Panelty wala scene to nahi honay wala? Please respond. Thanks.

  • salman

    bhai jaan jis tarah pakistani goverment 2 number kam me sab se agay he istarah pakistani awam bhi koi na koi rasta nikal legi inke hutkandoo se karle kuch bhi pakistani goverment chaye gray traffic block karey chaye isp par pakistani awam bhi bewaqoof nahi unke pass bhi bhaut rastey he bus tora sa dimag chalao raste khud nikal ayege

  • global.telco

    Great Work PTA just a big drama grey traffic still exist in short increase these monkeys just playing with legal users i know lot of call center’s ip’s block due to this because transworld not forward there request to white-listed there ips and 2nd grey traffic pplz using tunnels and using another port rather than voice port they are smart enough than these donkeys are they just coming for photo shoots. can someone ask miss rehman what is layer 2 vpn and how you will deduct it she surely run for her secretary to ask the answer and he will run to some private firm engineer :) God bless Pakistan

  • global.telco

    Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has said that it blocked more than
    200,000 Inernet Protocl (IP) addreses, 1,382 mobile SIMs and 3160
    phones/devices through their International Mobile Equipment Identity
    (IMEI) numbers during last one month

    OMG atlease 100000 unregistered sims surely using for grey traffic and they happy they blocked 1382 mobile sims :)

  • ArslanMughal

    o bhai yah sab bagrat han jin logon nay gray trafic chalane hote hay pta un ko khood spot karta hay even fia ke protection me kam hota hay me yahan Lahore me takreban 5 asay unets janta hon jahan gray servers lagay han or rorana lakhon rupee ke trafic hote hay or FIA k director ke patee sath he hote hay hahahahahah agar kise ko janja ho to rabita karan my cell number 03234099831

  • Guest

    PTA gaming servers bi band kar rai ha >.<

  • Guest

    my server was close down 1 week ago