PTA Withdraws its Directives for Formation of ICH

ISLAMABAD (SPECIAL REPORT )

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued a letter to all LDI operators telling them to consider its earlier directive, dated September 25th, 2012, for formation of ICH as null and void.

PTA’s letter, produced below, directs Long Distance and International operators to treat authority’s earlier letter – that ordered LDI operators to withdraw their Intentional Interconnection Circuits – as withdrawn. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s decision for withdrawing its ICH (International Clearing House) formation letter is result of a Lahore High Court’s interim ruling that asked PTA to suspended ICH.

It may be recalled that PTA had asked LDI operators to suspend their international inter-connection circuits (from October 1st, 2012) to let PTCL terminate all incoming international calls as part of establishment of ICH.

PTA’s September 25th, 2012 letter — for formation of ICH — can be found here.

It merits mentioning here that next hearing at Lahore High Court for ICH case is on December 5th, 2012.

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