Pta determination against Zong in few day !


The final determination regarding the violation of the license by Zong Pakistan is expected in the next few days. Pakistan Telecom Authority has completed the proceedings and hearings regarding the show cause notice against Zong Pakistan.

Zong Pakistan was issued a show cause notice by the regulatory authority earlier due to illegal international traffic the company was generating. The allegation against the company was that 11 million minutes of international calls were terminated illegally.

There have been total four hearings, during which the legal team of Zong has categorically stated that there is no reason for a show cause against company. Telecom Authority has taken the final decision in this matter which will be issued to the public soon.  It is expected that the decision may include suspension of license or heavy fines.

CM Pak Mobile alleging for illegally terminating international traffic‎ of 11 Million minutes into Pakistan (grey traffic). PTA has track this illegal activity of CM Pak Mobile by using grey monitoring system that LDIS have installed with investment of USD 30 Million under ICH policy directive. This Show cause is not issued to CM Pak LDI (LDI License of CM Pak). If found guilty, PTA can impose fine up to PKR 350 Million.
This show cause by PTA is one of its kind as in past no cellular operator ever alleged by PTA for illegally terminating international traffic into Pakistan using its Cellular license/network.
It is identified through Gray Traffic Monitoring System ( GTMS ) that in violation of the license, a total of around 2.2 million international calls accounting for around 11 million minutes were directly recived and terminated on nationwide Mobile number from 1st March to 4th September 2014 by using Voice over IP ( VOIP ) protocol : Session Initiation Protocol ( SIP ) through aforementioned IP addresses.
The mobile company failed on the part of the licenses in provision of the licenses services against the terms and condition of the licenses amounts to serious violation and contravention of the prevailing regulatory laws, directions of PTA and the terms and conditions of the licenses mentioned in show cause. The penal provisions prescribed under section 23 of the Act, i.e, to levy fine up to Rs. 350,000,000/- ( Rupees three hundred and fifty million ) or suspend or terminate the licence and/or impose additional condition by issuance of an enforcement order against the licensee under section 23 of the Act.
CM Pak terminated gray traffic during March to September 2014 butt PTA was sleeping this period. It is noticed by telecom sector that during contempt notice hearing in Sindh High Court the watch dog present show cause notice just to face saving.

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