LDI Operators Agree to Implement ICH | InfoZonePK

14 Telecom operators with Long Distance International dialing license have agreed to establish a centralized landing gateway for internet calls in order to curb grey traffic, reported Express Tribune citing a report by BMA Capital Research.

The gateway, International Clearing House (ICH), will make possible for all LDI operator to get international calls landed to a single technical gateway against the current practice of being handled by 14 Long Distance International (LDI) operators independently and that too at different rates, said the BMA Capital research not issued on Tuesday.

The largest LDI operator PTCL – with a 50% market share – will lead the technical consortium where the entire international traffic will land.

It was said on the note that, “The other operators will allocated fixed quota in total industry revenues based on their respective market shares.”

The idea is to curb grey traffic and at the same time enhance margins on incoming international traffic.

Once the International Clearing House comes into play, the rates for overseas callers may witness a massive jump as any fo foreign operator terminating calls into Pakistan would have to pay Rs. 7.64 per minute (USc8.4/min).