`Indian frequency interference affecting Pak operators`
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 18:49
Lahore: Pakistani mobile phone companies have complained to authorities that interference in frequency bandwidth from Indian cellular operators, Tata Mobile and Reliance Communications, is affecting the quality of their services.

The areas of Lahore, Sialkot, Kasur, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar and Bahawalpur, which border India, are being affected by the bandwidth interference, representatives of mobile phone companies said.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) carried out a joint survey following the complaints of mobile phone companies.

It said that the interference had caused a "calculable depreciation in quality of mobile telecommunication services in areas of Punjab province located near the border with India."

According to the PTA, the country's regulatory body for cell phone companies, the main cause of the interference are the operations of Tata Mobile and Reliance Communications.

These two Indian companies have the same frequency bandwidths as those allocated to Pakistani mobile operators by the FAB.

Internal surveys by the telecommunication industry too revealed that there is a "significant increase" in interference in the bandwidth used by Pakistani security forces.

"There is also resentment among some cellular operators as they have been unable to improve the quality of service despite large investments to gain consumer goodwill," the PTA said.

PTA said that as the allocated bandwidths continue to be cluttered with interference, certain companies operating in Pakistan have lost customer confidence.

Pakistan has not yet taken up this issue with India at any international forum, officials said.


First Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 18:49

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