After December 1, Google Play Store services will no longer be accessible to Pakistani users due to the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) suspension of the direct carrier billing (DCB) system.
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Users will not be required to use their credit cards to access the services, and most will be unable to download apps from the Google Play Store due to restricted credit card support.
The Telecom ministry, PTA, and cellular service providers have petitioned the SBP to reverse the action, as it may pose problems for customers.
In a letter to the SBP, the telcos stated, “It is pertinent to note that we all recognize the prevailing challenge of deteriorating economic conditions in the country and are therefore open to working amicably with the Regulator (SBP); as we are already working with them in the case of telecom sector imports-related transactions in order to navigate through these trying times.”
Pakistan, which owes $34 million to international service providers, is impacting tech titans such as Google, Amazon, and Meta, which may be forced to discontinue their services altogether.
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