No taxes on cell phone card recharge till next order says chief justice

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Chief Justice of Pakistan has increased the period of no tax deduction on mobile prepaid cards or recharge in any way. Mian Saqib Nisar had ordered earlier to not deduct any tax from mobile cards as the consumers will get 100% of the credit for 15 days. The mentioned time has been expired but the Chief Justice orders to continue it until the next order.

The Chief Justice remarked that the deduction of tax was not for the limited time and it will continue until the further orders, plus he didn’t mention any specific time for the next orders.  Chief Justice said, “It was said that the decision to suspend tax deduction on mobile balance was for a limited time period and that the practice would resume following the expiry of two weeks,” he further remarked, “The taxes on mobile balance cannot be deducted until the court’s next orders.” Justice Nisar declared, “The decision to suspend tax collection on mobile cards will hold until then.”

On 11 June, the court ordered to all cellular companies and Federal Board of Revenue(FBR) to implement it within two days deadline and don’t deduct any tax and it was for prepaid scratch cards. While hearing the case of increasing prices of petroleum products, Chief Justice was asked about the expiry of tax deduction period on which he granted the order to increase the period.

Earlier, the senator Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh mentioned in a meeting to remove the withholding tax on mobile cards as the consumers were paying 42 percent tax, including 19.5 percent FED, 12.5 percent WHT and 10 percent service/ maintenance charges on every Rs100 card which is unfair. After deducting all the sales tax the consumer was only left 61.93Rs from the recharge of Rs100 and now they are getting the credit without any tax deduction and they are happy with that.

This article is written by staff: Sehrish Ilyas

PTCL Launched 36Mbps CharJi Evo Wireless Internet but with unrealistic data limits

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Recently PTCL have launched its next evo wireless device and claimed 36Mbps data transfer speed. Devices include normal EVO Dongle as well as Wifi cloud device to which different devices can connect using WiFi. Things are very much good till that point, after all we are getting unmatched wireless internet speed which none other have offered yet, but real problem arises when we look at data plans and their tariff which are as follows.CharJi Evo Device

They are offering two packages at the moment, both are available in Prepaid/Postpaid plans

  • CharJi Gold – 50 GB Data Volume/Month – Charges: Rs. 3500/Month
  • CharJi Chrome – 25 GB Data Volume/Month – Charges: Rs. 2000/Month

After looking at two of these data planes anyone would say “Houston we have a problem”, because 36Mbps data speed and 50 GB data limit don’t look good together. 36Mbps means ideally 4.5 MB/s second download speed and 50 GB means 50×1024 MBs which is 51200 MB. So if you calculate based on data limit and speed, you will know that CharJi Evo 50 GB Package, on ideal claimed speed, can run out of its available data in just 3.16 hours and even half of that time for 25 GB package.

Still after that I am not saying that Evo CharJi is useless for all segments, there are users who just want to enjoy reliable fast browsing and some less downloads, for them these packages are good enough. But there are others like me who want to take full advantage of speed and want to watch some full HD videos, download some serious amount of data, for them if PTCL would have added some more packages like 500 GB/month or even unlimited than this connection would have made sense.

Following the official launch of 3G mobile networks in country PTCL have reduced the data limits of almost all of its existing evo packages, most probably to reduce their impact on Ufone’s (Ufone: a 2G/3G mobile operator owned by PTCL) 3G services. But then again launching a premium evo wireless service of 36mbps with biggest data volume package of just 50 GB does not make sense.

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No mobile service in Karachi on Sunday 20th July

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no mobile phone serviceCurrent government continues the tradition to suspend the mobile phone services on occasions of special importance. On Sunday Youm-e-Ali will be observed as its 21st of Ramadan. Current government have again came up with excuse of security threat and will be depriving people of Karachi from mobile phone service for whole day.

Mobile services will be suspended in Karachi on Sunday at 4am in morning and will be resumed back on 11pm late night. Lately, governments in Pakistan have been unable to tackle security issues using affective intelligence and they resort to mobile service suspension to tackle a security threat, which is counter affective and results in lack of communication means for general public. Plus people get unable to make use of emergency services effectively.

Pakistan finally gets 3G and 4G mobile technologies today

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4G Cell Phone TowerToday’s sun will rise with shining its rays on invisible waves of 2nd Generation GSM gsm. But by the time it will be setting, things will not be the same. By that time amongst five of Pakistani telecommunication operators three would have have 3G and 4G licenses. Which means they would be able to offer latest telephony and data services to their subscribers.

In terms of telephone Third Generation (3G) and Fourth Generation (4G) technologies will make the voice much more crystal clear and would open new horizons like video and conference calling with great voice clarity. In terms of data now internet speeds over cell phones would break the barriers of old 15KB/s and will be increased by at least 80 folds. Over 3G subscribers would be able to get about 3 Mbps and over 4G they will be able to get speeds like 12 Mbps here in Pakistan. However data limits are also expected, i.e. 4GB of total data transfer per month but as three of winning operators would racing each other for providing better packages so we can expect better.

Specific details about 3G/4G auction as under.

  • There are total three 3G and two 4G licenses which PTA is giving away at the time.
  • The telecom operator which will bid for 4G spectrum will also have to win a 3G license with it as well. Mean any three operators will win 3G spectrum license and any two of these 3G spectrum winners will also win 4G license.
  • Out of five current mobile operators in Pakistan (Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Warid and Zong) four are participating in 3G/4G auction bidding and Warid have chosen to live with old 2G technology. S0 Three 3G and 2G winners will be amongst these four telcos and one will lose the bidding.
  • Auction process will start sharp 10:30 am today (23 April, 2014) via online bidding from telcos. Each bid will be valid for 45 minutes and in the period if higher bid from other operator comes, first bid will be nullified otherwise it would considered final. Bidding process will run until higher bids stop coming, so auction process may take 10s of hours eventually.

Whatever happens, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is all set to sell away those 3G and 4G spectrum licenses today.

With 3G and 4G an Internet revolution will definitely be here in Pakistan. This would be mean citizens will have access to higher data speeds like never seen before in country, the DSL and cable net providers which are giving much lower speeds as compared to rest of world would also push their game up and will try to spread out in remaining areas to keep themselves in market.

Far flung areas which didn’t had access to internet, would also be able to enjoy Broadband Internet. Above all when this many people will have access to internet, than they will be able to connect to world and will be able learn and even earn from internet through online jobs and stuff. Would be able to sell to more people in country and outside. So 3G and 4G coming to Pakistan is win win situation for all Pakistanis. I am hoping auction goes well, networks already have tested their 3G on many geographical sites and they just need license which will enable them to start those 3G/4G services for customers.

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Bandwidth Hungry Pakistani Cell Phone Subscribers Hope to get 3G & 4G Soon as Per Announced Schedule

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2G to 3G and 4G TelephonyLong ago I remember there was a time when most people in United States were on AMPS mobile phone networks (1st Generation Technology) and most of Pakistani people were already using 2nd Generation GSM technologies. This came as part of IT and Telecom revolution which was made possible by none other than Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman, Pakistan’s IT/Telecom Minister in Musharraf’s era. But as soon as that Atta-ur-Rehman irra gone away, things changed. A very well known regulatory authority “Pakistan Telecommunication Authority” was dragged into the politics in President Zardari’s era and in games of chairman swapping powered by political games Pakistan didn’t got the chance to get to next generation of telecom technologies.

The countries which were once on 1st generation while us being on 2nd GSM Mobile networks, those countries no have more so further that they have already installed 4G (LTE) technologies and they are now working hard to get to next step, while we are just stuck with 2G GSM network. While Americans and British are using data rates like 12mbps on cell phones very easily, our cell phone networks are stuck with 7 KB/s data rates with the GSM technology from stone age.

So five years of Zardari’s PPP being in power, there was absolutely no work done in this regard. Even after current (Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz) PML-N came into power, for first few months they have given absolutely no attention to this issue. But not very soon after they were started to criticized by people of Pakistan for not taking solid steps to go 3G or 4G, they finally have realized they have now to show at least some progress in this regard. So the PML-N’s appointed IT and Telecom Minister (who actually have higher education in law) have made some efforts and appointed a new controversial chairman of PTA.

Then the consultants for 3G auctions were hired who have finally given their reports about how would the auction process go on. This recommended process is already approved by Prime Minister (PM) and other authorities.

Now interesting thing is even after the process is approved the 3G and 4G licenses auctions would take place in April not in upcoming month of march. Meanwhile someone had submitted an application in court, claiming that the appointment of current PTA chairman was unlawful and it should be deemed null and void. If that happens the 3G & 4G auction be subject to further unwanted delays. But I sincerely hope and pray that this auction process goes well and Pakistani people be able break those boundaries of that very slow transfer rate on their cells.

The reason why I am saying it 3G and 4G auction is, as recommended by consultants Govt is aiming to sell three 3G telecom licenses and two 4G licenses to interested cell phone companies. The current IT and Telecom minister Anusha Rehman, who is well known for doing less and making news more, have somehow promised that this auction would take place in April for sure. So we have our fingers crossed and anxiously waiting for that big pipe connected to our cells.

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