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    PTCL move to block Internet telephony

    ISLAMABAD, July 12: The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited is establishing two National Access Points (NAP) in Karachi and Islamabad to block Internet telephony and pornographic websites.

    Informed sources said that the NAP was being installed to monitor exiting circuits, traffic analysis and effective utilization of the Internet bandwidth.

    Telephone calls made via Internet have caused a huge revenue loss to the PTCL estimated to be in the range of US$2.8 million per annum.

    The NAP will enable the PTCL to effectively block all voice telephony over the Internet and the subscribers will not be able to access the porn web sites, the sources said.

    The PTCL has called tenders for establishing NAP till June 21, 2000 up to 1030 hours.

    Besides blocking the voice the NAP will also allow the PTCL to control a symmetrical solution and frame relay function.-APP
    how will i talk to my family in pakistan for free....
    BAD PTCL BAD !!!

    Its bad

    Do you...yahooooooo!!! ?


      none of u with teenie weenies can jack off on porn



        hey why don't u talk to ur family on yahoo voice chat. hey its the most eaziest n much better then net phone.


          "PTCL plan to block "Internet telephony" criticized "
          LAHORE, July 14: Computer users and various Internet service providers (ISPs) in the city have strongly criticized PTCL's plan to block telephony (voice transmissions) over the Internet, saying that it seemed to go against not only good sense but against the government's own information technology (IT) policy.

          They also said that the money that the PTCL was claiming it could save by blocking people from using the Internet to make long-distance phone calls did not justify such an anti-consumer measure given that PTCL had made substantial profits. In fact this 'huge' revenue loss, as the PTCL puts it, is a mere 0.265 per cent of its total annual sales.

          One user, a student at a local computer institute, said that the plan was all the more surprising since the draft of the government's proposed information technology (IT) policy - placed on an official web site for public feedback - clearly says that telephony will be allowed when deregulation of the telecommunications industry takes place. The user said that the proposed IT policy will also allow video transmissions over the Internet and that the process of deregulation would be used to encourage the private sector to provide such services.

          According to the secretary of the ministry of science and technology, the policy was to be announced late last month. The proposal on deregulation says that "three general" principles should be adopted if the Internet is to grow in Pakistan. These are: the existing regulatory structures should not be forced on the net industry; competition in Internet growth should be encouraged; and unnecessary regulations should be avoided.

          So, PTCL's plan, notwithstanding that it might affect thousands of people all over the country who use the net to talk to their relatives in the US and Britain, seems to run country to the government's proposed IT policy.

          An owner of a leading ISP in Lahore who did not wish to be named when asked to comment on this said that sites like and were technically banned but users still accessed them because they could talk to their friends and families in the US or Europe at the cost of a single local call. He said that the ISPs all tried to follow this rule though it was almost impossible since they couldn't go into people's homes and check what websites were being accessed.

          An executive at another ISP said that the government should reconsider the ban because telephony over the net was now a fact of life and was common in many countries. He said the government should allow private operators to provide these services (as the proposed IT policy indeed does) and then tax them instead of placing bureaucratic hurdles in their way. "The reason why the Internet has been so revolutionary is because it is completely decentralized and no one institution or government can control it. It allows for complete independence and enterprise and that can be seen in the numbers of multi-millionaires that the dotcom revolution has created, a good example being the creator of the ICQ chat programme, a high school dropout, whose company was recently bought by America Online for $287 million," the executive said.

          The PTCL said on Wednesday that it was planning to block all telephony websites and was setting up what are called 'national access points' for the purpose. It also said that telephone calls made via the Internet were causing "huge" revenue losses, around $2.8 million a year.

          The PTCL should have also mentioned here that its annual turnover was Rs57 billion or around $1.05 billion. Hence, the 'huge' revenue loss caused by telephony, according to the corporation's own claims, is 0.265 per cent of its annual turnover figure. Incidentally, it also made after-tax profits of $231 million for the first nine months of fiscal 1999-2000 financial year. And currently, it also plans to increase its line rent from Rs204 to Rs250 - double of what it was three years ago.

          Many of the users Dawn spoke to said that for once the PTCL should do something that was consumer-friendly. They said that four-fifths of the PTCL's shares were owned by the government which meant that the views of citizens had to be considered. One user said that the gain that the corporation could make in terms of public goodwill - if it doesn't go ahead with its blocking plan - would easily outweigh the $2.8 million it says it loses every year because of such calls. "And given its public/consumer service performance, or rather the lack of it, they PTCL could do with some goodwill," she said.-ORQ