Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, in a statement shared with Press, has said that mobile phone companies cannot shut down their services — even for a small while — like other utility companies.

The regulator said that mobile operators are governed under license conditions, rules and regulations issued by PTA, and as per those terms, operators are required to provide uninterrupted telecom services to the subscribers and in case they don’t, the regulator has relevant provisions to take appropriate action.

PTA responded to a report, that was first published by Us and was later picked by several other outlets, saying that cellular and internet users in Pakistan could face outages due to massive amount of taxes on telecom sector, which were further increased in 2022-23 budget.

 

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