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PTA increases the Broadband Fixed Speed Limits

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) changed the rules for fixed broadband internet speeds, increasing the minimum download data throughput by 16 times and making it essential for users to always have access to 80% of the promised internet speeds.

Broadband Quality of Service Regulations, 2014 have been replaced by the “Fixed Broadband Quality of Service (QoS) Regulations, 2022”.

Broadband is high-speed internet for residences and companies employing T1, cable, DSL, and FiOS technologies, although it excludes cellular systems, which are mobile data networks.

While the PTCL in Pakistan now uses “T1” lines, which are communications transmission services that utilise pair copper wires to transmit and receive data or voice traffic.

A relatively modern technology for transmitting digital data (internet) through phone lines is called DSL, or Digital Subscriber Line.

The most up-to-date method of internet transmission is through “Fios,” a Fiber-Optic Service that offers users cutting-edge TV, internet, and digital phone.

The minimum fixed broadband internet speeds required under the new regulations for download data throughput are 4 megabits per second (Mbps), up from the 256 kilobits per second (kbps) required by the old laws.

All internet service providers must guarantee that 80 percent of the promised download speeds are always available to customers, and the minimum upload speed should be 2 Mbps.

According to the PTA, the rules have been modified to take into account both current and future fixed broadband technologies, including xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line), Cable Broadband (DOCSIS 3.x), Fixed Wireless, Fiber to the Home (FTTH), GPON, and Satellite Broadband, among others.

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