PTA seeks proposals on improving policies
Ibrahim Yousuf KARACHI: Director (Enforcement), Pakistan Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n Authority (PTA) Syed Akhlaq Hussain Musavi has invited suggestions from Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Karachi Electronic Dealers Association ( KEDA) on various PTApolicies affecting the local businesses.
KCCI and KEDA have been advised to also compile recommendations on how to improve the process of type approval certification of imported mobile phones so that it could be simplified to facilitate the traders, KCCI release here on Tuesday said.
Speaking at a meeting here at Karachi Chamber, PTA Director (Enforcement) said PTA, being a regulatory body, was not authorized to devise policies but was only responsible to ensure implementation of various policies and regulations being formulated by the Ministry of Information Technology.
However, he said, keeping in view the hardships being faced by mobile phone traders of Karachi, he assured that all their suggestions for simplifying complex policies would be forwarded to the Ministry with necessary amendments, if required, for providing some relief to traders.
President KCCI Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, Senior Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Ibrahim Kasumbi, Vice President KCCI, Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, former vice president KCCI and President KEDA, Muhammad Idrees, Chairman Communication Sub-Committee, Imran Aziz, KCCI Managing Committee members and KEDA representatives besides Assistant Director (Enforcement) PTA, Zeeshan Shafiq attended the meeting.
Director Enforcement PTA informed that under the Telecom Act 1996 (section 29), no terminal equipment can be directly or indirectly connected with Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) unless it has been approved by PTA. Type approval granted by PTAsignifies that particular telecommunication equipment was approved for general sale and was suitable to connect with a specific public telecommunication network.
A sum of dollars 100 is charged as fee for type approval for imported equipment and so far more than 300 companies from Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore have acquired type approval certificates for various handsets and other equipment, he added.
Replying to a suggestion pertaining to formation of a committee to look into various issues and accordingly give suggestions, Director Enforcement PTA agreed to nominate PTA representatives in the proposed committee which will also have representatives from KCCI and KEDAwith a view to take all stakeholders on board.
Underscoring the need to establish Lab facility for testing mobile phones, he said that although efforts were made some time ago for setting up this important lab but unfortunately no response was received.
This mobile testing lab must be established so that mobile phone's IMEIs, equipment's quality and electromagnetic rays could be thoroughly checked to ensure that mobile phones entering Pakistani markets were carrying legal IMEI and were not injurious to health.
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