PTCL continues to fight PTA over illegal spectrum use

7 Jan 2014

Pakistan’s fixed line incumbent Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL) has taken a dispute with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA ) over the use of extra spectrum to the Supreme Court, after the Islamabad High Court ruled in favour of the PTA, Pro Pakistani writes. The PTA claimed that it had found PTCL to be occupying 3.75MHz of spectrum not allocated to the operator, in addition to the 1895MHz-1900MHz/1975MHz-1980MHz frequencies assigned to the provider for its CDMA services. PTCL was reportedly using the extra spectrum in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi and the regulator imposed a fine of PKR82.496 million (USD775,440) on PTCL for the infringement in September 2011. PTCL challenged the decision in the Islamabad High Court, though the court ruled in favour of the watchdog, noting that: ‘PTCL has failed to point out any illegality or infirmity in the impugned order.’ In mid-2013, the PTA and ICT Ministry instructed PTCL to vacate the spectrum, adding that the telco’s use of the frequencies had caused the ‘loss of billion[s] of rupees to the national exchequer.’

The Internet Service Provider Association of Pakistan (ISPAK) has independently lodged a complaint with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over PTCL’s use of the spectrum.


Subscribe to CommsUpdate to get the day’s top telecom headlines delivered to your email.

Subscribe to CommsUpdate


Have feedback, corrections, or story ideas? Send them to

Browse Past Issues


Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.


Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.


CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.