Minister directs mobile operators to implement national roaming by December 2022

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Minister directs mobile operators for National roaming

The Information and Technology Ministry has directed telecom companies to implement national roaming by the end of this year so that citizens in areas with patch network coverage can make calls and send messages using any cellular service. National Roaming, which will be implemented on highways and highways, as well as in tourist areas, will allow users of one network, for example, (Ufone), to use the cellular service of another network, such as Telenor. Simply enable the consumer to use the services of another network if you go out of coverage. Telcos have been directed to finalise the framework and changes to the agreement for national roaming with the PTA in order to implement it by the end of 2022.

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National roaming would be necessary on highways, motorways, and at some other tourist destinations, according to IT Minister Syed Amin ul Haq, because no company has complete coverage at such locations. Telecom firms, however, have not yet reached an agreement on call rates, and they would charge customers and share with one another. National roaming is now required for all USF projects on highways and in certain remote locations with spotty network connectivity. To develop communications services in unserved and underserved areas, the USF collaborates with the IT ministry. It receives contributions from 1.5 percent of the telecom companies’ adjusted revenues but receives no financing from the government.

All necessary technical preparations, including security authorization, have been done to launch national roaming, according to a senior USF official, but the four telecom providers have not yet agreed on the cost of such calls. According to the officials, it was suggested that national roaming fees should be 1.25 or 1.5 times more than standard fees. Due to national roaming, practically all highways and motorways will be connected, according to the official, as not every business is obliged to set up shop along the entire route.

The M3 and M5 motorways, the coastal route, and National Highways 50 and 70 are all currently home to USF projects. Out of the roughly 13,000 km in the country, the USF estimated that 8000 km were not connected to telecom and broadband services. Balochistan portrays a bleak image in its inaugural assessment because only 243 km of its 4129 km highway network are serviced, leaving 3886 km unserviced.

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