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PTA Hints At Making Off-Net Calls ‘More Cheaper’ By 20%

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has hinted at making off-net calls further cheaper by 20%, official documents revealed.

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has hinted at making off-net calls further cheaper by 20%, official documents revealed.

PTA will revise Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs) to Rs. 0.40 from 1st July 2022 from the current Rs 0.50, making off-net calls further cheaper in the country.

The MTR is the “price that a Cellular Mobile Operator (CMO) charges to another mobile operator for terminating its off-net calls on its network.”

It is expected to make the market healthier and beneficial in terms of lower tariffs for making off-net calls. It would also benefit smaller operators in terms of reduced net payments to be made to the bigger operators.

In July 2021, the PTA issued a consultation paper, wherein, it was observed that the current MTR of Rs. 0.70 per minute in Pakistan is still higher than the benchmarking results of the MTR determination of 2018 and the MTRs prevailing in regional countries.

Reduction in the MTRs was made after thorough consultation with the telecom industry. The PTA is of the view that lowering the MTRs would allow more competitive and innovative offerings such as free minute off-net bundles for the consumers.

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