It is clarified that news articles on various online news outlets claiming that mobile operators increased the price of internet and call packages with PTA approval are unfounded and factually incorrect.
PTA regulates the tariffs of Pakistan’s sole dominant player (SMP), Jazz I Telecommunication Market. Non-Retail Mobile SMP operators such as Telenor, Ufone, and Zong, on the other hand, are free to set up / revise their tariffs based on their cost of doing business and commercial considerations.
It is also clarified that, contrary to claims of “increase from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100,” Telenor and Ufone have increased the minimum amount of super load / easy load from Rs. 50 to Rs. 60, and Jazz & Zong from Rs. 50 to Rs. 70. This modification has no effect on the prices of calls or data services/packages. Regarding assertions that data package prices have increased from “Rs. 10 to Rs. 25,” the actual price of some data packages has only increased in the range of Rs. 5, for example, the price of Ufone’s “weekly light bucket” has only increased from Rs. 105 to Rs. 110.
As a result, the impression given here of a massive increase in call/data prices is deceptive. PTA monitors the rates / tariffs charged by mobile operators and ensures that consumers’ interests are protected.