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PTCL Vfone Reconnect Offer Get Free Balance of Rs.1000

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Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) has launched an exciting offer for its Vfone customers, enabling them to avail free balance of Rs. 1000.

The offer has been specially launched for customers, who have not recharged their account since Aug 10, 2012.

Customers can avail this service by calling or sending a SMS at 7711. Valid for 15 days from the day of activation, the free balance of Rs. 1000 can be utilized by customers for Vfone to Vfone and Vfone to PTCL calls, Internet and SMS services.

Omar Khalid, PTCL Executive Vice President (EVP) Wireless Business said at the occasion, “Serving the needs of our customers remains our top priority and we are striving to exceed their expectations. With PTCL Vfone, our customers enjoy on-the-go voice and data connectivity at most affordable rates”.

PTCL Vfone has the country’s largest Wireless Local Loop (WLL) coverage and is available with both prepaid and postpaid options.

Vfone enables customers to enjoy unlimited free calls from Vfone to Vfone and Vfone to PTCL landline through ‘Family & Unlimited packages’. Vfone also offers SMS facility to all networks for only Rs. 0.30 per SMS while internet charges are Rs. 2.00 per 15 minutes.

Offer:

Call or send a SMS at 7711 from your Vfone now and get a balance of Rs. 1,000/-  for free.

Offer Details:

If a Vfone customer hasnot recharged his account after August 10, 2012 then he can get an instant free balance of Rs. 1,000/- by calling or by sending a SMS at 7711

Business Rules:

  • Free balance offer will be valid only for customers who have not recharged their accounts after 10-08-2012
  • Free balance can be utilized for on-net calling i.e.(V-V, V-PSTN local & NWD)
  • Free balance can also be utilized for Internet and SMS (on-net and off-net)
  • The validity of free balance will be 15 days only
  • Free balance offer will be applicable only for WIN subscribers & not for WIPT i.e. not for VPCO
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PTCL now Offers Smart TV services without Subscribing to Broadband

PTCL today announced the availability of its Smart TV, the IPTV service, as a standalone product and package.

With this offer, PTCL customers can avail  services, or those customers who already had Broadband services can subscribe to Smart  TV as a stand alone product and can discontinue broadband services if they don’t require them.

In this package customer is not provided internet – and hence is also not charged for internet – making it more affordable and convenient. This package has an added advantage of unlimited calls on Sunday from PTCL Landline to Landline & Vfone.

Package Tariff:

  • This Package offers Smart TV with Zero Kbps BB, in Rs. 450.
  • Rs. 199 for monthly rental for landline phone will also be charged.
  • STB and VOD charges would remain same as that of Normal Smart TV connection.

STB and VOD Charges:

  • STB (Set Top Box): 4999/- One Time cost
  • STB (Set Top Box) / instalment: 250/- month for 2 years – for Instalments
  • VOD service is being charged to all existing and new Smart TV customer with the following two options:
  • A). Rs 25 per movie for 24 Hours; Customers can subscribe to a movie at Rs. 25 and can watch/re-watch that movie multiple times within the next 24 Hours
  • B). Rs 300 fixed per month for any 30 movies of their choice and available in the list within a period of one month.

Terms:

  • This offer can be availed by all the existing and new PSTN customers only
  • Customers who already have broadband installed, can downgrade to this package
  • This package comes with all IPTV features
  • This package comes with a wired modem for IPTV connectivity
  • Package option ‘A’ for VOD will be readily available on all existing and new Smart TV Connections with subscription
  • Package option ‘b’ can be activated by calling at the PTCL contact centre
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PTCL Jadoo Box Now Available for 2 MB and Above DSL Customers

PTCL has made the Jadoo Box, a service introduced earlier this year that combines the benefits of DSL and Wireless broadband, as mandatory DSL CPE for all new DSL customers using 2 MB or above packages. This applies to all new connection with 2 MB or above speeds. Existing 2 MB or over broadband customers can also order PTCL Jadoo Box by calling 1236.

With Jadoo Box, DSL broadband customers can use DSL + EVO or Nitro as their broadband connection with DSL as the primary internet connection, while EVO service can be used as a back-up broadband channel – just in case if DSL goes down or out of service.

With this change in policy, standard prices for 2 MB and 4 MB DSL packages have been increased, with an additional Rs. 500 as one time charge imposed on customers.

Here are new Pricing details:

Jadoo Box as standard DSL CPE for all 2 Mbps and above customer:

  • New Monthly Charges for 2 Mbps will be Rs. 1,549 (Old Price was Rs. 1,499)
  • New Monthly Charges for 4 Mbps will be Rs. 2,100 (Old Price was Rs. 1,999)
  • Monthly Charges for 6 Mbps and above will remain the same (as they are paying previously)
  • All standard DSL Modem policies will be applicable
  • EVO device will not be provided with the Package – you can get this device separately.
  • Customer will use his existing EVO or buy a new one separately
  • For all 2 Mbps and above new connections Rs. 500 extra will be charged one time in addition to the Installation charges

Jadoo Box Optional for DSL Customers with speed lower than 2 Mbps

Jadoo box is optional for 1 MB DSL customers, with below details:

  • Rs. 1,000 extra will be charged in case customer wants Jadoo Box in place of the normal DSL Wifi Modem
  • All Standard DSL Modem policies will be applicable
  • EVO device will not be provided with the Package
  • Customer will use his existing EVO or buy a new one separately
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PTCL Offers EVO Nitro for Rs. 2100 Per Month

PTCL’s 9.3 Mbps EVO Nitro with unlimited data, that was earlier charged at Rs. 3,000 per month, is now being offered by PTCL at Rs. 2,100 per month for a period of one year.

PTCL has announced that all new customers who will make a new purchase of EVO Nitro after September 20th, 2012 will be able to enjoy EVO Nitro at monthly rental of Rs. 2,100 for one whole year.

This offer can be further bettered if you pay three months of advance to get Free EVO Nitro device, which otherwise comes at a separate charge of Rs. 4,000.

Hack: Existing customers can throw away their current devices to get a new EVO Nitro device from PTCL with discounted rates. Simply pay for three months in advance and avail (free Nitro Device and) a discount of Rs. 900 per month for one year.

It maybe recalled that PTCL EVO dervice (with 3.1 Mbps speeds) are charged at Rs. 2,000 per month – for which we should expect a reduction in price too.

Offer:

  • Nitro Bundle Offer
    • Free Nitro + 3 months usage for Rs. 6,000
    • Monthly Charges: Rs.2,100/month Applicable from 4th month for one year.
  • Nitro Monthly Unlimited
    • Nitro Device Charges: Rs. 4,000
    • Monthly Charges: Rs. 2,100/month
    • Applicable for 12 months starting first bill

Terms and Conditions:

  • Promotion is applicable for new Nitro customers only.
  • Promotion is applicable for new sales on bundle, as well as monthly payment packages.
  • For customers opting for bundle promo, Rs. 6000 shall be paid in advance by the customer. Monthly charges of Rs.2,100 shall be applicable from 4th month onwards.
  • For unbundled/monthly package options, Rs.2,100 monthly charges shall be applicable from first bill.
  • For bundle as well as unbundled sales, monthly charges for one year shall be Rs.2100/month.
  • Promotion is valid only for Commercial Nitro Packages.
  • Promotion is not valid for prepaid, Employee & other discounted packages.
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List of banned keywords in SMS Pakistan

PTA last week issued a directive for cellular operators to filter SMS communication to block those message containing obscene, offensive and indecent words. However, the whole matter fired back when the list of banned keywords got leaked

As we all know PTA  issued the list of over 1,500 banned keywords that was allegedly prepared by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, to be filtered by mobile phone companies list of banned keywords to be sent out to operators for the filtration.

Before we go into details here are lists of banned keywords issued by PTA:

Update: PTA Decides to Withdraw SMS Filtration Orders

After all the SMS filtration order, the news is that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to hold its directive for implementing SMS filters for over 1,500 keywords, told us a source with close connections to PTA head-office.

We come to know PTA is likely to withdraw earlier orders through a letter today in which PTA will explain the operators that the ban list should not be implemented due to issues known to everyone.

 

 

 

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PTA Orders to Blocks Thousands of Adult Websites in Pakistan

All Pakistani ISPs  internet service providers have started the process of blocking websites with adult and explicit content, news by  multiple sources from the industry.

Earlier this month PTA, telecom regulatory authority of Pakistan, had decided to block the access of those websites in Pakistan that have adult content.

PTA has plans of blocking 150,000 such websites in coming weeks, however, initial list of 1,000 websites has been sent out to all ISPs, mobile operators and international gateways to get them blocked.

We has got the said list of 1,000 websites, which we aren’t publishing it here for obvious reasons. But we can tell you that they all are adult websites and few of them are ranked in top 100 Alexa list for Pakistani most visited websites. Local adult websites are also included.

ISPs are given 8-10 days to get the orders implemented. Most of the ISPs, including PTCL, have already blocked these websites, while others are making the necessary preparations for the blockade.

PTA is also planning to devise a way for general users to report adult websites to authority. After through review authority will keep adding such reported websites/URLs to the black list.

Internet Service Providers on other hands aren’t comfortable with the overheard involved in the blocking of websites. They say that blocking high number of websites may result into slow performance by routers and increased latency due to high number of filters over the network.

PTA decided to ban explicit websites after immense pressure from bloggers, hackers and activists. They, along with parents, are certainly rejoicing authority’s decision.

However there are users who are opposing the ban, few of them think that this way PTA will get the axe to cut any website under the cover of explicit material. But sources at head-office of PTA tell us that they will make this process of blocking websites very transparent and visible to everyone, so that no one fears the unlawful use of power.

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TeleCON 2011 begins in Islamabad on April 12

Lahore: April 06, 2011 – Pakistan’s premier annual telecom and IT event, the 4TH Pakistan Telecommunication Conference (TeleCON 2011) is taking place on April 12 at the Islamabad Club. Organized in collaboration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA), the conference will be attended by expert opinion formers from the two sectors.

Muhammad Yaseen, Chairman PTA will be delivering the keynote address before the start of the day-long meeting which will include threadbare debates in three interactive sessions, namely (1) Regulatory – Technology & Economic Challenges, (2) Information Technology – Mobile Applications and (3) The Mandate on 3-G or 4-G technology. The closing session will be a Panel Discussion on the topic of ‘Global Telecom & IT Trends – What should be the Pakistan Model?’

Representatives of the Ministry of Telecommunication & IT and the Ministry of Science & Technology have confirmed their participation to share their views on the ensuing challenges in the industry.

Menin Rodrigues, Chairman of TeleCON 2011 and President & CEO, Shamrock Communications (Pvt) Limited while dilating on the outcomes of the conference says, “TeleCON 2011, the fourth in a series of annual conferences in the telecom sector, promises to initiate discussions on technology & economic challenges, tackle some of the long-standing industry issues and take decisive steps in regulatory matters. The response from the industry’s leading organizations and experts has been good and we look forward to a highly invigorating conference.”

TeleCON 2011 has been designed to generate and discuss the evolving telecom & IT paradigm to accelerate national progress. Key decision makers from the local and international arena will seek expansions in cellular possibilities, mobile facilities and powerful applications, while exploring the next level of accurate, speedy and secure connectivity.

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Illegal VoIP Gateway Caught in Karachi

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a joint raid at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi which resulted in confiscation of functional illegal gateway telephone setup. The illegal setup consisted of four GSM Gateways, Tellulars, Switches, Routers and number of SIMs of different operators. During the raid one person was apprehended. This action was a result of efforts of highly technical professionals and dedicated workers of PTA who check and monitor the illegal call termination business on twenty four hours basis and adopt different procedures and processes to apprehend persons involved in the activity, not only to safeguard the national exchequer but also to ensure severe punishment as per the law. Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen appreciated the joint efforts of PTA and FIA teams and also warned all those involved in the illegal telecom business to stop their activities, otherwise PTA shall take strict action against them as per the law.

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PKNIC would offer 5000 FREE domains For Local Language Contents

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Pakistan Network Information Centre (PKNIC) have announced a joint initiative to launch local Internet content drive in the country.

Under the program, PKNIC would offer 5000 FREE domains for those who would develop Local Content websites in Urdu or any other local language.

PKNIC is the (ccTLD) operator for “pk domain”. ccTLD stands for country code Top Level Domain which represents a country on the Internet.

Speaking at the occasion, Chairman PTA, Dr. Mohammed Yaseen said

This support has been offered in view of the importance linked with availability of local contents and applications for the future outlook of Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector of Pakistan.

He further said that this program will encourage and contribute towards enhancement of local contents followed by applications as this initiative is the first of its kind in the world.

Chairman PTA appreciated the efforts of PKNIC management for this important project. PKNIC management highly valued the necessary endorsement of Chairman PTA for the joint initiative.

We are in process of acquiring information on how to obtain free domain with PKNIC under local content drive.

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PTA Will Pay Taxes Every Year Now Onwards

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority PTA has become taxable, as per Finance Act, 1997, and is bound to pay taxes to FBR every year, revealed us sources close to authority.

Earlier, PTA had been arguing that authority is a Government body and all revenues go directly into Government’s account; hence, it should not be taxed. In a result PTA didn’t pay taxes for over or around ten years.

On other hands, large Tax Payer Unit (LTU) of FBR was consistently pushing PTA to pay taxes. In response FBR’s tax collection call; PTA took the matter in both High Court and Appellate Tribunals, and believed that PTA is not liable to pay any tax as it is authority itself.

Court had issued the stay order for PTA’s payable tax of Rs. 9 billion; but PTA’s current year’s tax which was not under the court’s cover was recovered by enforcement department at FBR Large Taxpayer Unit by directly withdrawing the money from PTA’s bank account.

Recent most audit report for PTA has finally termed that PTA is now taxable, while non-payment of taxes in previous ten years has caused authority a deficit of Rs. 9,566.703 million, confirmed us a source at AGP office.

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