PTA is Planning to Make Off-Net Calls Even Cheaper

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has hinted at making off-net calls even cheaper by reviewing the Mobile Termination Rate (MTR).

According to official documents, the MTR plays a critical role in protecting smaller players and automatically rationalizing retail tariffs, particularly for off-net calls. The changing market structure of the cellular mobile segment in Pakistan has necessitated a review of the existing MTR at the rate of 90 paisas per minute.


PTA Notifies Mobile Device Manufacturing Regulations 2021

The MTR is the amount that the receiving operator must charge when a call is made to another network. An MTR of 90 paisas per minute was determined in 2010 and no operator could charge less than it.

Following in-depth deliberations, the PTA has reduced the MTR for all types of calls (local, long-distance, and international incoming) terminated on mobile networks from other mobile networks or fixed networks from 90 paisas to 80 paisas from 1 January 2019; the rate was reduced further to 70 paisas in 2020.

Due to the prevalent industry dynamics, there was a call by mobile operators for a reduction in the MTR, and the PTA had accordingly asked all the stakeholders for their input for a revision.


WhatsApp Introduces Biometric Authentication for Web & Desktop Clients

Subsequently, the MTR will be reviewed in the coming years in accordance with international best practices. It is expected that the revised MTR will help to keep tariffs low for consumers and relieve them of high rates.

The documents also revealed that the PTA regularly checks and verifies whether Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) are charging their consumer’s retail tariffs according to the advertised rates.

    500 TO 1000 MIN OFFNET CALL

    • Mery pas Nokia 105 model mobile hai us Pe pta tax 6000 hai ovr mobile 1000 rupes ka b ni hoga ye pta ka hal hai

  • Backward pakistani people and illiterate and corrupt PTA must learn from their neighbor county which is so called Kafir and which is so called backward India. There is no any game of on net and off net call in India America and other developed countries . Once you have purchased any calling bundle then you can avail calling to any network with no limitations of off net minutes. You can call any number any network with provided free minutes. But low standard pakistani awaam is not coming out of weird Ufone’s world. Just learn from your enemy . So called pakistani Muslims

    • If burning down homes, businesses of minorities in a state sponsored pogrom or driving farmers to the point of huger strike / suicides represent being forward thinking like our eastern neighbor, then please let these Pakistani’s be backwards when it comes to calling rates!

      Also, Thank you Jinnah!

      • Ok then stay in stone age, Don’t learn anything and do not try to update your backward world, this is typical thought and thinking of our narrow minded pakistani nation, Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said learn, learn it if you have to go to China,

    • You are wasting time these people will never understand your point they are happy Imran Khan made 300k freelancers unemployed and no one wven asked any questions sleeping nation

  • World Telecommunication is still pretty expensive. Pakistan is pretty less expensive. There should be Only two Cellular operators to facilitate Pakistanis it will reduce the call rate and benefits for end users

  • Waqar, You are a pseudo-Azeem and a BIG liar. Are you a Pakistani to use this language against Pakistan for such a small issue as call rates, and that also full of lies.
    Shame on you.

    • first of all shame on you, and I had used this type of language of language just for people like you, shame on your narrow mind mentality and shame on your alliterate thoughts, which is lie ? are you not enough educated to search it that’s I had pointed above? just open Jio, Airtel, Vodafone networks website and compare their packages with your expensive network packages, after comparing them curse on yourself, it means you do not want to update yourself , again shame on you for your typical backward mentality

  • If you want to resolve all telecom and internet issues then close down PTA and send all these buggers criminals home will resolve all the issues we have

  • Pakistan should learn from India which gave Jio their national company data license. This keeps jobs and future investments in their country. LTE technology meant they didn’t need to provide voice connectivity separately and data prices also are very low. 2 GB is daily data limit. You will never find such package in Pakistan.

    • Bro You are absolutely right , but there are few backward people in Pakistan who do not understand it, you can read comment by jahil Pervaiz MA

  • In the UK you get unlimited call package which include landlines and mobiles for 10 pounds. This means on any network at anytime.

  • Absolutely its correct that MTR in Pakistan is highest in the region and even at global level. Telecom operators never let PTA to reduce said rates; primarily to get benefit from grey traffic or smuggled traffic to avoid taxes & tarrifs. Low call termination rates provide less lucrativeness to CMTOs for smuggled traffic. PTA should lower down to less than 30 paisa. BUT CMTOs will MANIPULATE PTA to keep MTR fixed at 60 paisa for next year.

  • Don’t understand mtr sort of things .but just wanted to say make the call expensive .so people wll not use it unnecessary . Hum itney farigh log hain k minute minute ki information dena ghalut bato ko spread krna apna mazhabi fareeza smj tey hain . Buht sarey ghr totney se Bach Jaye shaid

  • I think, only in Asia especially Afghanistan, India and Pakistan the mobile is excessively misused. We need very expensive calls rates if longer than five minutes and very expensive mobile data to avoid the misuse of internet and ganta package. These stuffs are destroying our youth. We need, quality of education, health and jobs opportunities. Ganta package and Facebook, and online gamings are killing our youngsters potential. For God charge longer than five minutes calls at least RS. 10/min. More than 5gb RS 2K

  • Indian population is 1.3 billions and Pakistan’s 266 millions, MNCs and othe giant companies including telecommunication play in numbers not in terms of money. Hence, this is utter nonsense and most stupid approach comparing, calling and data rates b/w India and Pakistan

  • Do your best for the country for the people of Pakistan like you do for your own family please. Best regards thank you long live Pakistan

  • close