April 14, 2009

PTA Determination Against Instaphone Upheld

PTA through its determination of March 4, 2008, directed Instaphone to pay its outstanding liabilities by May 21, 08 and in case of its failure to abide by the said directions on or before the said date, it was further held that license shall stand terminated.Islamabad: The Honorable Islamabad high Court (IHC) has dismissed Pakcomâ??s (Instaphone) Appeal filed against the determination of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on outstanding dues. The Court has also dismissed Instaphoneâ??s writ petition filed against the Mobile Cellular Policy 2004 of the Federal Government.

Instaphone challenged the aforementioned determination before the Islamabad High Court in Appeal. During pendency of the Appeal, it also filed a writ petition challenging the Mobile Cellular Policy issued by the Federal Government in 2004 under which new licenses for cellular mobile services were awarded.

Vide the order/judgment, both the Appeal and the writ petition have been dismissed by the Court and PTA's determination was upheld. However, the Court has extended the date for making the outstanding payment by Instaphone to May 06, 2009.


Khurram Ali Mehran

Director (PR)