TeleCard has WiLL licence suspended

2 Feb 2010

Pakistani payphone operator TeleCard, which won fixed-wireless spectrum covering all 14 of the country’s regions in 2004, has had its wireless in the local loop (WiLL) licence temporarily suspended following a continued dispute over the use of its frequencies. According to the Daily Times, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), the country’s telecoms regulator, has said that the decision had been made in light of the fact that the 3.5GHz spectrum won by TeleCard had been used to support the wireless broadband services of another company, Augere Pakistan, which operates in Karachi under the ‘Qubee’ banner.

The move comes following a court decision in the matter, during which the PTA noted that it had not granted TeleCard permission to assign its spectrum to a third party, and the licence has been suspended on the recommendation of a ruling by the Lahore High Court. Further investigation into the matter is now expected, and a court date of 25 February has been set for the matter to be reconsidered.