Thursday, December 25, 2003

2 more cellular companies to be given licenses

2 more cellular companies to be given licenses

Published in the Pakistan Link

ISLAMABAD (NNI): The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to issue two more licenses to the mobile companies to provide quality services to the telecom consumers in March next.

This was stated by the Chairman PTA Mr. Shahzada Alam Malik while addressing a press conference in Islamabad today. He said the new licenses will be issued to the highest bidder. He said the three existing cellular operators have also requested to extend their licenses.

The Chairman PTA said the Paktel company is going to a GSM system and with the conversion of system, their telephone call rates will be reduced by twenty percent. He said mobile telephone density in the country is two percent at present and PTA is making efforts to increase this density upto eight percent during the next coming years.

He said level playing field will be provided to all mobile companies to extend cheaper telephone services and ensure service quality for the consumers. He said a proposal is under serious consideration with the government to reduce tax on mobile telephone connections upto one thousand rupees.

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