The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has announced the suspension of Braintel’s licence with immediate effect, with the regulator claiming that the telco had been developing a VoIP platform and providing network access and switching services to customers beyond Lahore. According to ProPakistani, the PTA has directed long-distance, WiLL and mobile network operators to suspend all telecoms facilities with Braintel until it issues further directions. The operator’s licence allows only for the provision of telecoms services in the Lahore region, and the PTA has claimed that through a Session Initiation Protocol-based (SIP-based) location in the UK Braintel was allowing termination and origination of calls to its customers beyond Lahore via internet access.
Prior to the suspension of the licence, PTA served Braintel a show cause notice in May 2010, which the operator responded to, claiming that it had done no wrong. The telco subsequently lodged a writ petition with the Lahore High Court against the show cause notice, but this was rejected.