As hours of power outages have compounded their problems, telecom companies have warned against suspending their services.
Telecom operators indicated in a joint letter to the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunications Authority) that they would suspend phone and broadband services because the government imposed a 100 percent cash margin requirement on imports of related equipment.
According to them, providing continuous backup power to towers and facilities has become a challenge.
Telecom companies also expressed concerns about keeping cell towers operational with gas-powered backup systems.
The news follows the government’s decision to raise petrol prices to Rs.233.89 per liter. Previously, the Telecom Authority stated that cell phone companies could not suspend their services in the same way that other utilities could.
It found that under their licenses, operators must provide uninterrupted telecommunications services to subscribers.