PTA to Block 10 Paisas Call Setup Charges Imposed by Telcos

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to reverse the imposition of 10 pasias plus tax as call set-up charges by telecom operators.

It maybe recalled that Ufone, Mobilink and Telenor had imposed a call-setup charges of 10 paisas plus tax on each call from this week. These call setup charges are applicable on all charged, bundled and free offers for prepaid customers.

PTA, which wasn’t regulating the cellular pricing since 2005, to let the market operate freely and openly, has now decided to step in.

PTA said that move is aimed at safeguarding customers’ interests and to make sure that industry remains with-in the certain limits. PTA said that authority is preparing a notification against the call setup charges and cellular operators will be notified about the decision accordingly.

Experts say that call setup charges make no sense and they pose as an extra charge for a service that is itself charged. They said that operators should move to more transparent way of charging customers by revising air-time charges instead of imposing meaningless and first of its kind charges, i.e. call setup charges.

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