Chinese cellular phone company Zong applies to acquire LDI license of defunct Callmate
Karachi (DailyTimes / Friday, January 11, 2013) – Zong Telecom has sought acquisition of Callmate defunct licence from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to offer different telephony services as Long Distance International (LDI) operator.
A senior official of Zong told Daily Times Chinese mobile phone company has been given approval by the federal Cabinet Committee and Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) on its request. Zong has been looking for obtaining LDI licence since its launch in 2008 however it has not been given the licence due to binding of commercial contract between the government of Pakistan and United Arab of Emirates.
Now the contract period is going to be end and there is no obstacle to issue new licence of any kind to existing operators, Sajid Mehmood Chief Commercial Officer Zong said. It is expected PTA would auction LDI licence as per its rule and facilitate Chinese cellular phone company which has been expanding its services in every nook of corner of the country, he said. It had applied for LDI licence many years ago however PTA was reluctant to give its licence despite it had been given go-ahead signal by the Federal Cabinet and MoITT.
Presently the cellular phone company is providing international call services in collaboration with different partners but it will get edge having a licence to operate international calls, SMS and telephony service through its own network. Zong has been the fastest growing network in the country since last two financial years.
It jumped to fourth position from the fifth due in terms of connections while its subscribers’ base has crossed the benchmark of 19 million. The licence of Callmate Telips Telecom has been terminated in 2008 since then none of the operators existing or new has acquired its licence neither it was auctioned.