Legal International Traffic Increased by 8% During Last Month: Anusha Rehman

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Collective efforts from all stakeholders have barred the illegal voice traffic during last month resulting an 8 percent increase in white traffic, said Ms. Anusha Rehman, State Minister for IT and Telecom.

During a follow up meeting regarding the monitoring of grey trafficking, Ms. Rehman said that this achievement is attributed to PTA, which had full support from Ministry of IT, ICH Consortium, Mobile Operators and Law Enforcement Agencies.

Mr. Akhlaq A. Tarrar, Secretary IT, Mr. Azmat Ranjha, Additional Secretary IT, Dr. Ismail Shah, Acting Chairman PTA, CEOs and Senior Management of Mobile Operators and representatives from law enforcement agencies were also present on the occasion.

The participants were informed about the efforts made by the monitoring team and the resultant arrests of culprits and confiscations of illegal equipment and gateways during the presentation: It is worth mentioning here that merely one such set up was involved in about 11 million minutes per month of grey traffic.

It was decided during the meeting that after consultation with Ministry of Information Technology, PTA will procure SIM Box detection Service to further strengthen the activities against grey traffic.

The State Minister emphasized on taking the general public in loop so that optimal outcomes might be attracted. In this regard it was decided that an extensive media campaign under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) banner would be run by PTA, using electronic media particularly, Mobile Companies will participate in generating SMS messages and proactive measures to engage public in curbing this menace of grey traffic.

In view of the outcome of these measures, the ICH policy will accordingly be reviewed at the end of December.