PTA actively pursuing broader targets for telecom services development

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) – dynamically engaged in changing telecom landscape of Pakistan – has tackled every new challenge with determination, keeping interest of the country at heart of its regulatory decisions.
The Authority sustains on research in regulation, technical astuteness, harmonizing competition and discharging its social responsibility with the patronage of the Government of Pakistan.
Under patronage of current democratic government, PTA has been actively pursuing its broader objectives and targets for the development of telecom services and protection of consumer rights.
It believes that performance of telecom sector is true reflection of its successful regulatory initiatives and reforms.
The Authority in its latest report, highlighting industry
issues and way forward said today, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) solutions, being offered on mobile broadband, are making a big difference in every walk of life.
However, there are several industry challenges that are needed to be addressed in near future. It is indeed a challenge to keep up with the rapid modernization in telecom systems and to bring latest ICT innovations in Pakistan.
Rationalization of Taxes in telecom sector was a major challenge being faced by industry for past few years. After coordinated efforts of PTA and telecom industry, Withholding Tax has been brought down to 12.5 per cent from 14 per cent. However, the Withholding Tax @ 12.5 per cent on every mobile recharge is still high because majority of subscribers fall below threshold of being a tax payer and hence, cannot get paid amount adjusted in their annual tax returns.