NayaTel is a well-known name in the Federal Capital area of Pakistan that provides wide range of Fiber to the Home (FTTH) services including cable TV, internet and telephone. The company launched FTTH network in September 2006 making it the first one to do so in South Asia.
The company covers many areas of Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Faisalabad at the moment however some housing societies such as DHA and Bahria Town are the exceptions. The latest decision of the Competition Appellate Tribunal has allowed NayaTel to offer its services in Bahria Town Islamabad phase 1 to 6.
Previously Bahria Town denied to give NOC to NayaTel due to its exclusive contract with PTCL. Those terms left Bahria Town residents with only one option for wired broadband services i.e. PTCL.
The case was taken up by Competition Commission of Pakistan after residents of the area registered their complaints to the Commission. After hearing both the parties, the Commission awarded Bahria Town with a fine of 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 challenged the CCP’s ruling in the Competition Appellate Tribunal. 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 Islamabad phase 1 to 6.
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.
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.
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.