PTA renews PTCL licence for 25 years

14 Jan 2021

State-backed telco Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has completed the renewal of its integrated telecom service licence for the next 25 years, with effect from 1 January 2021. Sector watchdog the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) notes that the concessions is technology neutral and allows the company to provide all telecom services – with the exception of mobile services – on a nationwide basis. Under the renewed licence, PTCL is subject to ‘enhanced quality of service (QoS) parameters’ and a 5% annual increase in Next Generation Access Network (NGAN) connections. The licence fee comprised an upfront payment of 0.66% of PTCL’s annual gross revenue plus an annual levy of 0.5% of gross revenues and the operator is also obliged to contribute a total of 2.0% of its annual gross revenues to the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Research and Development Fund.