EPIC FAIL - PTA suspends Paknets license for a month

Vision, Quality Service, Superior Services etc. all those things which should be hallmarks of a regulatory authority are sadly not what defines PTA, but what does define it is sheer incompetence. We never had any high hopes from PTA to begin with, but their latest blunder should actually make them feel ashamed. PTA suspended the license of Paknet for a month, citing "Unpaid Fees". Yes demanding license fees from a non existing company, how stupid can they get.

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Telecom watchdog, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority recently sent out a letter to former Paknet, asking them to pay the annual fee.

Letter wasn’t responded, just because Paknet was closed four years ago but apparently PTA didn’t notice this.

PTA, demoing it’s wrath, suspended Paknet’s license for one month.

PTA, if you just don’t know, Paknet Limited was dissolved in year 2007. You could google Paknet to know this fact; Wikipedia says:

From December 31, 2007 Paknet Limited has been merged into PTCL and now all assets and users are managed by PTCL Internet Division.

Just in case if you don’t know, annual license fee for ISPs is paid on company’s Gross Revenues of a complete and audited financial year. Now, if a company was closed in 2007, how come they gonna pay their license fee against Zero revenues?

The most exciting part is that PTA amused the industry by sending enforcement letter to all ISPs, LDIs, LLOs and CMOs to freeze all services to Paknet :-)

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Source: ProPakistani

So just when you thought they could not get any
stupider, they get right back at you. We are doomed.

Yar if a company ceases to exist they have to inform PTA. If they don't PTA legally have to inform them before suspending license. Whats the big deal?

Paknet was indeed merged into PTCL but It's network still exists under the hat of PTCL. Merging does not mean company was closed completely. Technically, the merged company lose its individual identity or you can say, it is dissolved but still is present.