PTA Reduces Mobile Termination Rates

The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has reduced the Mobile Termination Rate (MTR) from Rs. 0.70 per minute to Rs. 0.50 per minute from 1st January 2022.

Rates shall be further reduced to Rs. 0.40 per minute from 1st July 2022. The reduction in the MTR has been made after thorough consultation with the telecom industry.

PTA noted that lowering the MTR would allow more competitive and innovative offerings such as free minute off-net bundles for the consumers. The move is expected to make the market healthier and beneficial in terms of lower tariffs for making off-net calls. It would also benefit smaller operators in terms of reduced net payments to be made to the bigger operators.

In July 2021, PTA issued a consultation paper wherein it was observed that the current MTR of Rs. 0.70 per minute in Pakistan is still higher than the benchmarking results of the MTR determination of 2018 and the MTRs prevailing in regional countries. Further, PTA had also received requests from telecom operators to review the existing mobile termination rates.

The majority of the responses received supported PTA’s recommendation to lower MTR. However, there were opposing responses too.

After industry hearing and thorough analysis, PTA has determined the MTR for all types of calls (i.e., local, long-distance and international incoming calls) terminated on mobile networks from other mobile networks or fixed networks in Pakistan and AJ&K/GB.

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