MoIT asks PTA to reconsider MVNO licence fee

29 Mar 2010

Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) has reportedly called on the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to reconsider its stance on the fees applied to new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences, The News reports. It is understood that the MoIT is pressing the regulator to ensure MVNO licence fees are ‘just’, with the move coming after the PTA unveiled a revised MVNO framework in October 2009 which increased the charge from USD10,000 to USD5 million. The MoIT is also believed to have sought the opinion of the Law Ministry on the matter. The country’s two largest mobile operators by subscribers, Mobilink and Telenor Pakistan, have both criticised the framework, arguing it discourages new operators from entering the market. Responding to the reports, PTA chairman Dr Mohammed Yaseen said that the authority had designed the new legislation to focus on quality of service, arguing that under the previous framework neither MVNO nor network operator had been responsible for the quality of the service customers were receiving.