Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been strict in its stance against grey traffic in the country. It collaborated with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of late to raid an illegal gateway exchange based in Hangu.
A couple of grey operators were put under arrest once the exchange consisting of multiple SIMS, ports, UPS, batteries, three laptops, six Gateways and five modems were confiscated. Investigations surrounding this latest development have already commenced.
Grey traffickers typically use bypasses in order to make international calls that significantly changes call tariffs with international calls being charged at the rate local ones are.
That results in significant loss of finance for the Government. In its attempts to discourage grey traffickers, FIA requested PTA to especially monitor international calls that are displayed as local calls on the devices.
According to PTA’s findings, most of these incoming and outgoing international calls are for Saudi Arabia, coupled with problems linked with tariff. FIA appreciates PTA’s continued vigilance to unearth these illegal activities by continuously monitoring such calls.
PTA has also announced a 24/7 SMS service for people to report all such activity free of cost. Simply text the suspicious number to ‘8866’.