Pakistani province bows to pressure, drops internet usage tax

The Finance Minister of Punjab province announced today that it has withdrawn the controversial internet usage tax it planned to impose on all types of broadband service. The announcement was made during the government’s budget speech after widespread criticism of …

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Pakistan’s telecoms regulator opposes internet tax

The head of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has supported calls for the recently announced usage tax on internet services in Punjab province to be dropped. The Express Tribune quoted PTA chairman Ismail Shah as saying: “The recent imposition of …

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Pakistan prepares to sell off leftover spectrum

Pakistan’s telecoms regulator has started looking for consultants to help sell two blocks of spectrum that were not sold in last year’s auction, which raised $1.1 billion for the government. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has invited request for proposals …

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