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PTA extends VPN registration date till September 30

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced on Friday that it has further extended the deadline for businesses and the public to register their Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with the authority till September 30, 2020.

“In order to facilitate businesses and general public for registration of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), PTA has decided to extend the VPN registration deadline for a period of one month to 31st July, 2020” the press release stated.

According to the details, the decision was made on the recommendations of the Ministry of IT, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA).

“Legitimate VPN users are requested to approach their internet service provider for initiating VPN registration process,” said PTA.

Users can send in their inquiries to the authority at ipreport@pta.gov.pk.

Earlier, at the beginning of July, the authority  had provided an opportunity for VPN registration till July 31.

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Prior to the deadline, in June, PTA said that the registration is “being undertaken to promote legal #ICT services/business in Pakistan and safety of telecom users”.

Under the new deadline, the internet users across Pakistan are required to register Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with the telecom authorities to ensure encryption.

The PTA has invited customers using VPNs to access the internet to register with their service providers.

Virtual Private Networks allow internet users to connect to any web across the world invisibly, meaning that they can access the platforms that has banned and send their emails without fear of government interruption.

Samra Mazhar

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