Saturday, January 28, 2023

Mobile tariffs rising? PTA Admits

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has released a statement clarifying that a news story from a small number of outlets became wrong when it said that the regulator isn’t allowing mobile tariffs to go up.

As part of its mission to stop the market leader from doing things that hurt competition. The PTA has made it clear that it only regulates mobile tariffs for the dominant mobile operator in Pakistan. Which is PMCL (Jazz), in line with the Significant Market Player (SMP) determination and the Jazz-Warid Merger condition. The PTA doesn’t get active when other Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) change their prices. Which they are free to do depending on their own business needs.

All 25 of Jazz’s proposed rates for June 2022 became approved by the telecom regulator, who said prices would go up by an average of 14%. It is done to take into account the company’s rising operating costs. For example, Ufone raised the prices of its 42 different plans by an average of 16.4% in June 2022.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) says that Pakistani customers always have access to some of the cheapest telecommunications services in the world because of the country’s progressive rules and regulations and competitive telecom sector. According to the EIU’s Inclusive Internet Index 2022, Pakistan has moved up from 78th place in 2021 to 63rd place in 2022 in terms of how easy it is for people to get online. In doing so, it has surpassed Bangladesh (64th).

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In Pakistan, the average monthly ARPU for the cell phone industry is first reported as becoming Rs. 215 in FY2021 and Rs. 220 in FY2022. This was because of how much competition there was in the market (Jul 21 to Mar 2022).

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