The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued important instructions regarding sale and purchase of mobile phones, GSM amplifiers, boosters, repeaters and SIM boxes.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has directed the public that under Section 29 of the Telecom Reorganization Act, 1996, such mobile phones, GSM amplifiers, boosters, repeaters and SIM boxes, etc., should never buy without type approval / COC. Such substandard devices are not only detrimental to human health and national security but are also causing disruption in the quality of telecom service.
In addition, all such websites and e-commerce mediums which are promoting or selling such devices are also directed to remove all such content from their websites to avoid legal action as per Section 31 of the Telecom Reorganization Act.
Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) and PTA Type Approval holders are allowed to import GSM boosters and install them in the consumer premises as per the PTA rules and those who involved in the installation of amplifiers or bossters may be prosecuted. With regard to coverage and quality of service (QOS) standards, the PTA said to improve network coverage and performance in the affected areas.
In addition, the PTA has revised the coverage obligations and quality of service standards for operators by renewing the license. The PTA not only takes action against violators but also instructs the public from time to time to not purchase / use illegal, GSM boosters / imported amplifiers / purchased through any unofficial channels to avoid any inconvenience and legal action as per applicable laws.