Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday announced it has further extended the deadline for businesses and the public to register their Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with the authority.
Under the new deadline, users can register their VPNs till September 30, 2020.
The move was made on the recommendations of the Ministry of IT, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA).
Press Release: In order to facilitate businesses & the public for registration of Virtual Private Networks(VPNs), PTA has decided to further extend VPN registration deadline for a period of 2months till 30th Sep 2020, under the recommendations of @MoitOfficial, @PSEB & @PASHAORG pic.twitter.com/Ff9VNhNX47
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 31, 2020
“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 email@example.com.
Earlier, at the outset of July, PTA had provided an opportunity for VPN registration till July 31.
Press Release: 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. pic.twitter.com/6fHZM7TUF5
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) July 1, 2020
Prior to that, in June, the authority said that the exercise is “being undertaken to promote legal #ICT services/business in Pakistan and safety of telecom users”.
It said that “appropriate registration is required from PTA for any mode communication in which communication becomes hidden or encrypted”.
The authority had invited users to complete registration by June 30, 2020.
It had warned that action will be taken “only against unauthorised VPNs for terminating illegal traffic which causes loss to the national exchequer”.
Press Release: PTA is continuing with the process of registration of Virtual Private Networks (#VPNs). The exercise is being undertaken to promote legal #ICT services / business in Pakistan and safety of telecom users. pic.twitter.com/RHvS9eBHU1
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) June 10, 2020
A VPN is a service that enables users to browse the internet with their internet protocol (IP) address masked so their online actions are virtually untraceable. This enables a user to maintain online security and privacy.