Competition to enter fixed line market if PTCL stake sale goes ahead

5 Jun 2003

The decision announced yesterday by Pakistan’s Privatisation Commission to sell a stake in the country’s largest telco Pakistan Telecommunications Ltd (PTCL), has led the government to announce plans to allow rival operators into the fixed line sector. According to analysts, if the sale of a stake in PTCL goes ahead later this year, Pakistan will introduce a new regulatory policy for the telecoms sector, laying the grounds for the entrance of competition to the sector. The government said it hopes that the introduction of competition will help to create a more profitable sector. PTCL has said it will embark on a scheme to upgrade its networks and improve quality of service in preparation for the entrance of rival operators.