10 February 2021
State operator Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has had its licenced renewed by the government for a further 25 years.
The terms of the licence renewal state that PTCL must adhere to “enhanced quality of service (QoS) parameters” and will be obliged to deliver a 5% year-on-year rise in Next Generation Access Network (NGAN) connections.
The new validity period began at the start of the year and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) confirmed that the integrated licence is technology-neutral and permits the company to deliver all telecom services nationwide, except mobile services.
PTCL must pay 2% of its annual gross revenues into Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund (USF) and Research and Development Fund.
The operator recently appointed Matthew Willsher as the new chief executive officer (CEO). Previously CEO of Etisalat Afghanistan, Willsher succeeds Rashid Naseer Khan, who was appointed as the CEO of PTCL on February 12, 2019.