Seven more businesses have received Internet of Things (IoT) Licenses  from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

Seven more businesses have received Internet of Things (IoT) Licenses  from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority – NEECA, Blix Networks (SMC-Private) Ltd, Multinet Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd, Itecknologi Pvt Ltd, and Sparknet Technologies & Solutions (SMC-Pvt) Ltd have all received IoT Licenses from PTA, according to details.

All businesses have been given five-year Licenses that can be renewed after they expire.
In accordance with Section 5 of the Pakistan Telecommunication Act of 1996 and the PTA Regulatory Framework for Short Range Devices (SRD) & Terrestrial Internet of Things (IoT) Services, the PTA has granted IoT Licenses to these operators.

In order to provide LPWAN Services in Pakistan, these businesses have been granted Licenses to establish, maintain, and operate IoT Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) networks.

The number of Internet of Things (IoT) operators has increased to thirteen, according to PTA officials, following the granting of Licenses to these new businesses. These two operators received IoT Licenses from the authority after meeting all criteria outlined in the checklist.

Six businesses, including Noby Solutions (Private) LTD, IoT Technologies (SMC-Private) LTD, LCC Pakistan (Private) LTD, WeatherWalay (Private) LTD, infostructure Pakistan (Private) LTD, and Kwick High Tech & Solutions Pvt. Limited, had previously received IoT Licenses from the PTA.

PTA claims that these businesses have offered a succinct explanation of the IoT Application and the network topology, which includes endpoints, gateways, and a centralised network server. Additionally, these businesses have provided an overview of end-to-end security between various network components (end devices, Gateways, Data Platform, and Application).

According to the regulatory framework, the operators are required to give PTA reports about all network expansions in terms of Gateways added or installed, as well as any other information that PTA may occasionally request.

IoT solution providers typically rely on the connectivity of current Cellular Mobile Operators, so they are not required to deploy any new base stations. If the operator wants to install a new base station, it is required to obtain PTA approval.

In February of last year, PTA released a Regulatory Framework for Terrestrial Internet of Things (IoT) Services and Short Range Devices (SRD). The framework offers a mechanism for industry regulation to support the growth of Pakistan’s IoT ecosystem.