Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has strictly started blacklisting IP addresses using unregistered Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), in order that the unauthorised users can get their VPNs registered or they shall face disconnection & legal action by PTA.
According to the authentic resources, a good number of corporate connections have been blocked due to the use of VPNs in a bid to block grey traffic and illegal Voice over IP (VoIP) companies working as call centres and doing data entry operations.
The situation has come under fire as many companies working in Pakistan are operating call centers through VPNs thus pretending to be working in the US or other countries.
IP addresses are currently being blocked for corporate clients of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), it all falls under the grey traffic category.
A PTA official told that the authority has deployed a sophisticated system to curb grey traffic by detecting unregistered VPNs.
Besides that, the use of any mode of communication such as VPN by means of which communication becomes hidden or encrypted is a violation of PTA regulations.
The deadline for the registration is 30th June 2020 and those failing to comply with the directives will have to face legal action if they are using VPNs for any illegal activities.
The ISPs have been notified of the development, directing them to convey the message to all corporate clients using unregistered VPNs.
Users which are required to use VPN for their legitimate purposes must register their VPN with PTA through their respective Internet Service Provider with having known the deadline as 30-06-2020.