KARACHI - A number of Vptcl sets have been found operating un-registered due to nonchalant attitude of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The Nation has learnt that some 2 million Vptcl are operating in the country and many of them do not get registered as there is no procedure available for that both from PTA and PTCL.
Last month PTA has conducted a survey of Wireless Local Loop (WLL) service across all over the country and it was found that a number of Vptcl sets are unregistered due to the non-availability of any registration criteria, sources informed.
PTA should also provide a service like 789 to WLL sector for the registration of Vptcl sets, and must play its due role to curb this issue in its early stages, sources reasoned.
Though the survey results have been submitted with the PTA, a concrete procedure is yet to be seen from the regulator.
The existing procedure for the registration of Vphones is that the franchises of those WLL service take Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC) form customers and submit them with the PTCLs One Stop Shop, but such practice was found annulled by the franchises during the survey, the sources added.
'PTCL is the prime responsible for this and it shows the loophole in their system as they have no checks and balances over such practice which is increasing the insecurity among the users and other people of the country, sources maintained.
One interesting obstacle in the registration is the attitude of the people as they do not cooperate with the service providers and it is on record that some times customers slapped the staffers of the franchises on the demand of their CNIC for registration.
However, it is required that PTA should immediately devise a procedure to tackle with this issue on permanent basis and it would be better if PTA at least makes it mandatory to register the WLL services through its 789 service.
It has also been found that PTCL does not have call records as far as Vptcl data is concerned, and it is considered to be a serious loophole which PTCL needs to rectify as soon as possible.