Dismissal of PTCL’s appeal vs PTA’s by Islamabad High Court
LDI operators to pay only for IVR successful calls
Islamabad (May 28, 2012) – Islamabad High Court in favour of PTA has finally decided the long-standing court case between Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
PTCL took the view since the calls have been responded by Interactive Voice Response (IVR) using PTCL’s resources, therefore the duration used for IVR should be considered as a successful call.
In this decision, Islamabad High Court has dismissed PTCL appeal regarding dispute concerning origination charges on ‘Non prepaid calling card service and upheld PTA’s decision of August 21, 2006’. It is clarified Long Distance and International (LDI) operators are dependent on PTCL’s network for connectivity and therefore, are required to pay origination charges to PTCL for providing prepaid calling card services.
The dispute between PTCL and LDI operators arose when PTCL started charging LDI operators for unsuccessful calls as well, thus making businesses of LDIs unviable.
LDI operators were of the view the terms and conditions given in Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO) of PTCL do not address the said issue in such manner and they should not be charged for that service for which they cannot charge their subscribers.
(Published in DailyTimes Lahore on 29-5-2012)