Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will soon regulate mobile apps and Over the Top (OTT) services. These OTT services include WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype, etc. sources said.

According to the details, the characteristic for the distribution of the Internet-based VoIP and other OTT services is primarily not the same as the previous model in which services were embedded in the network.

That is why most regulatory systems developed in accordance with the earlier model are not acceptable when applied in this context. The suggested revision to the licensing framework will address this problem in the long term.

The new framework will allow the Pakistani government to confirm that this kind of mobile apps are in line with national interests and do not hurt the telecom sector’s (operators) interests.

OTT services will be brought under regulation in Pakistan. According to the authorities, there is an immediate requirement to regulate services such as VoIP because they are mostly provided by unverified service providers.

PTA, in collaboration with the federal government and stakeholders, will create an acceptable regulatory framework to manage VoIP and other OTT services. The framework will possibly ask the providers of such services to install their equipment in Pakistan.

Keeping in view the globally evolving revenue sharing arrangements between local licensees and OTT players, licensed access services will be free to enter into a partnership with the network providers allowing them to monetize OTT service delivery on conjoint planned rules.