The State Bank of Pakistan suspended the payment of $34 million to international service providers after which mobile users will not be able to download Google Play Store services from December 01, 2022, according to The News.
The direct carrier billing (DCB) mechanism was discontinued by the central bank after which the payment of $34 million on an annual basis through mobile companies to international service providers, including Google, Amazon and Meta, got stuck up.
Pakistani customers will now be forced to download Google and other international apps for making payments through credit cards or debit cards only. But the credit card facility is limited to a certain number of customers, so the majority of mobile users may be deprived of downloading apps from Google Play Store.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and four cellular mobile operators (CMOs) unanimously wrote a joint letter to the SBP on Friday, making a request to reverse its decision of revoking the DCB mechanism for payment of dollar fee keeping in view the liquidity crunch being faced by the country.