PTA Has Banned All Night Packages
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed mobile phone companies to immediately discontinue the late night packages.
PTA Chairman, Farooq Awan said:
[pull_quote_center]We have received a number of complaints from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Standing Committee of the Parliament, senators, MNAs and subscribers regarding the promotion of vulgarity through such advertisements and have therefore asked CMOs to immediately discontinue such packages and to present compliance reports[/pull_quote_center]
The authority called a meeting attended by all regulatory heads of the licensees, who unanimously admitted that their advertising was not in line with the moral values of the society.
The PTA says it recognizes that liberalization and tough competition in the cellular mobile market have pushed operators to introduce various promotional packages to subscribers. However, the PTA insists that as long as practices “against social norms” are not encouraged, the operators are free to continue providing better quality of services to their subscribers at affordable prices.
These types of packages run counter to the social norms and values of the country. Such packages are provided the world over
Reorganization Act of 1996:
The PTA claims to have arrogated the power crackdown on these packages under the Reorganization Act of 1996, which mandates it to regulate competition in the telecommunication sector, protect consumer rights and ensure that the interests of users are safeguarded and protected.
- Under Section 18 (1) of the act and the PTA is required to submit yearly reports on the same to the federal government.
- Under Section 6 (a) of the act, the authority is also bound to protect the rights of licensees.
Telecom companies stated that
[pull_quote_center]Night packages do exist throughout the world. Even in a neighboring country, people are provided with night packages. They said in the night packages, nothing is provided that may have an adverse impact. These packages, they said, always included good things.[/pull_quote_center]
They further said the ban on these packages would make the people suffer more than that of the companies. The companies would also face financial loss but customers would face more financial burden because they would have to pay more.