Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has finally decided to examine the validity of a free dial-up service recently introduced by PTCL. PTA Chairman, on complaint of ISPs, has directed the authority to look into the matter.
PTCL has a long history of feuds with ISPs and is proving detrimental to the notion of level playing field. The monopoly and control over bandwidth provides the telecom granddaddy with an easy opportunity to manipulate the Internet and telephony markets.
The aforementioned package, titled Free Internet for All,Â offers free dial-up internet from 10pm to 7am and also offers up to 100 free hours from 7am to 10pm. ISPs, on the other hand, can’t afford to offer such type of ‘charity’ as it would be a business disaster for them – buying bandwidth in thousands of dollars and distributing for free. As is the case with other cases of PTCL high-handedness, PTA will resolve this issue in a few days but the solution will only be temporary. We have seen such cases in the past too. As long as PTCL has the controlling stake in Pakistan’s telecom industry, ISPs will suffer.