Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had directed the telecom industry to deploy a “suitable technical solution” for monitoring, analysing and curbing “grey traffic” which includes Voice over Internet Protocol and Virtual Private Networks.
The government has acquired the services of a controversial Canada-based company to help build a nationwide “web monitoring system”, according to a New York-based publication Coda Story.
The report in Coda said that Sandvine is expected to provide equipment for monitoring and analysing all incoming and outgoing internet traffic from Pakistan.
Sharing details of the agreement, the report says the WMS contract is worth $18.5 million and it’s dated Dec 12, 2018. The web monitoring system will use Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to monitor communications, measure and record traffic and call data on behalf of the PTA.