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Published on August 29th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti


PTCL Slashes Rates For Calls

With the falling calling costs all over the world it was just a matter of time that Pakistan Telcom changed its complicated and expensive rate structure. Finally this month PTCL decided to reduce rates for local, domestic long distance and international calls. The pricing model has also been simplified by removing the peak and non-peak times. Consumers have welcomed this rate cut.

The competitor long-distance companies have complained about this unilateral rate change by PTCL – they point out that any rate changes should have the blessings of Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA). With the responsibility of regulatory oversight PTA is supposed to ensure that the playing field is level for all players and  PTCL being the incumbent – called Significant Player – does not abuse its position. This seems to be the start of a long overdue price war.

See the details on PTCL website … for instance:

  • Call Type: NWD (Long distance) PSTN to PSTN Time less, Distance Less

  • Charges: Rs 2.00 per minute.

I find it annoying to see the extent of jargon in use at the PTCL website. On the lighter side the simplicity of  the phrase “Time less, Distance Less” is unparalleled!


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5 Responses to PTCL Slashes Rates For Calls

  1. aisha says:

    PTCL have increased the international call charges due to which we the pakistanis living abroad are facing problems.Our relatives cant call us frequently and for a longer duration and also the impact is here (Australia) and teh countries abroad as here also the international rates for Pakistan ahve increased.

    I request the ptcl authorities on behalf of all the Pakistanis living abroad that pls reduce the international rates so its easier to stay in touch with our family very often.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    The rate info is posted on ptcl website. The link below gives the customer care numbers:

    For example for Lahore: 111 20 20 20

  4. Anonymous says:

    What number at ptcl may one call to obtain information regarding rates and services etc. There is no available phone number for this. Is it not ironic? Kindly let me have a phone number where I may speak to someone.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Note: PTCL cut rate again .. now the maximum is Rs 3/minute for NWD and PTSTN to mobile calls. Good job!

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