Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) to Deploy SMS Blocking System (SBS) From July 2022
Pakistan’s telecom regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), has announced that it will implement a new system to block spam SMS from July 2022. The system, which will be known as the SMS Blocking System (SBS), will be designed to block SMS that are sent without the receiver’s consent.
The SBS will initially be implemented on a trial basis for a period of six months, after which it will be made permanent if it is successful. The PTA has asked all mobile phone operators in Pakistan to cooperate with the authority in implementing the SBS. The authority has also asked the operators to provide it with the list of short codes that they use for sending SMS. The PTA has said that it will take legal action against those who send spam SMS. The announcement of the SBS comes after the PTA received a number of complaints from mobile phone users about receiving spam SMS.
The PTA has urged the public to report any spam SMS that they receive to the authority. The new system is likely to be welcomed by mobile phone users in Pakistan, who have long been plagued by spam SMS. However, it remains to be seen how effective the SBS will be in blocking spam SMS, as the PTA has not provided any details on how the system will work. It is also unclear whether the SBS will be able to block all spam SMS, or whether some will still be able to get through.
The PTA has said that it will continue to take steps to reduce the number of spam SMS that are sent to mobile phone users in Pakistan. In the meantime, the best way to avoid spam SMS is to be careful about which short codes you use to sign up for services. You should also avoid responding to any SMS that you receive from unknown numbers.