Nayatel will be allowed to offer its services in Bahria Town Islamabad. The Competition Appellate Tribunal, in its recent ruling, has decided on the case. Now Nayatel can offer its services in Bahria Town phase 1 to 6.
Previously, Nayatel was not allowed to offer its services in Bahria Town Islamabad (phase 1 to 6) due to its exclusive contract with PTCL. Due to those terms, Bahria Town residents were left with only one option for wired broadband services.
The case was taken up by Competition Commission of Pakistan after residents of the area complained. After hearing the parties, the Commission fined Bahria Town with Rs. 2 million and asked Nayatel to start a survey for deployment of its services in the locality.
Bahria Town and PTCL, after losing the case with CCP, jointly went to Competition Appellate Tribunal to challenge CCP’s ruling.
The Tribunal heard the case but upheld CCP’s decision and asked Bahria Town to facilitate Nayatel in deploying its FTTH services in the area.
With this new development, Nayatel will finally be able to offer its FTTH broadband internet, TV and telephony services in Bahria Town phase 1 to 6.
It must be mentioned here that Bahria Town and PTCL still have the choice of going to Supreme Court of Pakistan against Competition Appellate Tribunal’s ruling.
CCP, in its original decision, had asked Bahria Town to work with any other potential telecom player that may want to offer services in its locality.
This new ruling is going to set a precedent for other housing societies and localities that used to sign exclusive contracts with a single telecom operator in an effort to block all other ICT infrastructure providers from offering services to the consumers.