Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has finally declared to shut down the services of Vfone, its wireless phone service, from August 31st, this ongoing year.
Vfone, company’s wireless voice and SMS facility was operational under PTCL’s Wireless Local Loop (WLL) license and will be disabled permanently, as per the company statement.
At present, PTCL is more focused in notifying its Vfone subscribers of this recent decision. Vfone customers located in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad are being offered the custody of landline phone service from PTCL prior to August 31st, 2014.
As the era of wired services ends with the shutdown of Vfone, PTCL seems to integrate spectrum for its wireless internet EVO services, company’s prime income yielding segment.
As soon as the Vfone services are finished, PTCL will maneuver its overall WLL spectrum for its EVO facilities.
It is worth to mention that a majority of PTCL users used to rely on Vfone wireless service in comparison to the fixed phone services because of the comparatively reduced technical problems as wireless services do not need any physical medium which is frequently vulnerable to certain natural and otherwise issues.
Besides this, Vfone services were operational in territories where fixed connections are not available, so not entire Vfone user base may transfer to PTCL landline numbers.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority report suggests that the company had a Vfone customer base of over 1.1 million, in contrast to 2.9 million fixed- line subscribers till the fourth quarter of previous year.