Balochistan to suspend wireless services till further notice – Research Snipers

Balochistan to suspend wireless services till further notice


The government of Pakistan has incidentally suspended the web service i.e. remote data services, 3G, 4G/LTE, GPRS of Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) and PTCL in the region Chaman, Pashin and Qila Abdullah of Balochistan.

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOIT) has reported that Wireless Data services i.e. 3G, 4G/UTE, GPRS of CMOs and PTCL of the previously mentioned locale will stay suspended until an inconclusive timeframe.

These services are ceased with the assent of Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) as per some unknown security reasons. In any case, the specialists are not sure about the correct date of the restoration of these wireless services.

It must be noticed that Senates Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has indicated profound worries over the suspension of cell network in Mohmand Agency, FATA, and suspension of the web services in the range, a couple of days back.

Balochistan service suspension comes amid growing national security threats

PTA reacted to the inquiry, that MOIT had issued the Policy Directive dated 26th December 2009 with respect to “Closure of Telecom Services due to National Security Concerns” which approves assigned institution to take after closure requests.

PTA had gotten the demand for the closure of services and has guided individual service providers to implement the requests in particular zones.

Following the orders of the Ministry of Interior (MOI), only Internet/Wireless information services 3G/4G, GPRS of Cellular Mobile Operators CMOs and PTCL are shut in total FATA area to prohibit this service from the reach of terrorist and their organizations, since 14th fourteenth June 2016 and will stay shut till further orders.

In addition, on the guidelines of Armed Forces, every mobile service, working in Mohmand Agency, are shut since 15th March 2017 in light of a progressing military operation.

Director PTA Ismail Shah said that the cross-border signal issue has been raised with Afghanistan through Foreign Office. He additionally included that jammers are not the correct answer for the resolution of these problems.

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