June 19, 2022


Islamabad (19th June 2022): The Senate Standing Committee on Finance had invited cellular mobile industry in their meeting on June 17 to get input on budget proposals related to telecom industry. The representatives of three mobile operators provided suggestions on rationalisation of GST on telecom services as well as reduction of taxation which industry is already raising at various forums. Increase of any additional duties such as on import of fibre was also discussed which will potentially slow down the enhancement of fibre infrastructure, critical for internet connectivity across the country. The difficulties faced by operators, including the current spell of electricity load shedding as the potential impediment to provision of round the clock mobile services was also highlighted. However, in a section of media it was portrayed as if load shedding of mobile phone services would also be started. This is incorrect and out-of context. The mobile operators are governed under license conditions, rules and regulations issued by PTA. Operators are required to provide uninterrupted telecom services to the subscribers and in case they don't, the regulator has relevant provisions to take appropriate action.