Pakistan’s Ministry of IT and Telecom (MoITT) recently issued a statement regarding poor mobile and network services. Since telecom providers failed to upgrade their capacity and adjust to the increasing network demand in the country, they are blamed for it, according to the IT Ministry.
As part of a conversation with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Member (Compliance & Enforcement) ‘Dr. Khawar Siddique Khokhar’, Senator Seemee Ezdi expressed concern about poor network and telecommunication services for many people, even in inner cities. The issues are present everywhere, even in settled areas like Lahore and motorways, she said.
According to Omar Malik, a member of the IT and Telecom Ministry, the country’s telecom services have degraded. “I observed the same issues and they exist” he added.
In response to the complaints, Dr. Khokhar said that Telcos have worked to improve license requirements, but due to the import ban, telecom providers are unable to import essential equipment to meet the current demand. This is what is causing network problems throughout the country because they are unable to import essential equipment.
A member of the telecom ministry explained that over 60 million internet connections have begun in the country in the last three and a half years, creating a demand that is hard to meet.