Pakistan’s Telecom Industry: Is the Honeymoon Over?


#1

The telecom honeymoon in Pakistan which lasted about 5 years (2002-2007) allowed Pakistani consumers to leapfrog over older landline based infrastructure and get cheap and quick access to modern telecommunication technology. The investors, telecom businesses and Pakistani treasury - all made good money and it was a win-win situation. It seems that the golden period for Pakistan telecom is over. The spike in teledensity and corresponding load on the new infrastructure is causing a number of service issues. To add fuel to fire the telecom rates for calls to Pakistan and within Pakistan have started rising, causing a lot of concerns. Consider the following points from the last few months:

Deceptive advertisements by Mobile Companies

Rise in local call charges by PTCL, Calls to Pakistan made more expensive

PTCL forces Pakistan package on its customers

Customer service calls are not free any more

Telecom consumer protection laws still in draft

Other emerging cosumer gripes

Some people hold the view that given the tremendous progress made, complaining about telecom situation in Pakistan is not justified. Yes, there have been great advances made but if we do not fix the structural issues early on, we will lose much of that progress. Left unchecked we may even regress to a point where there’s plenty of competition but consumers end up without the services they deserve at a fair price. Broadband is an appropriate example. Pakistani public has been tormented with poor service and caps on the usage.

I believe that with the right regulatory measures, consumer protection laws and a code of ethics we can keep the telecom sector on the right track.

Full article: http://pakistaniat.com/2008/05/09/pakistan-telecom-industry/

what do you think is it over?

IMO opinion all the companies will follow this trend started by ptcl like KO reports that mobilink deactivated friends and family service on the corporate numbers without informing the customer


#2

I shall add my comment in a bit strange way: :)

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, Falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

Take a key and lock her up,

Lock her up, Lock her up.

Take a key and lock her up,

My fair lady.

How will we build it up,

Build it up, Build it up,

How will we build it up,

My fair lady?

Build it up with gold and silver,

gold and silver, gold and silver.

Build it up with gold and silver,

My fair lady.

Gold and silver I have none,

I have none, I have none.

Gold and silver I have none,

My fair lady.

Build it up with pins and needles,

pins and needles, pins and needles.

Build it up with pins and needles,

My fair lady.

Pins and needles bend and break,

Bend and break, Bend and break.

Pins and needles bend and break,

My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,

Wood and clay, Wood and clay.

Build it up with wood and clay,

My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,

Wash away, Wash away.

Wood and clay will wash away,

My fair lady.

Build it up with stone so strong,

Stone so strong, Stone so strong.

Build it up with stone so strong,

My fair lady.

Stone so strong will last so long,

Last so long, Last so long.

Stone so strong will last so long,

My fair lady.


#3

lol


#4

Let's all get some stone, and rebuild London Bridge (I mean, the telecom sector...)