- 786 BBS service launched in Pakistan.
- X.25 Packet Switched Public Data Network (PSPDN) introduced by PTCL.
- Tariffs are high, service is low, but in principle one can get connected to the young internet.
- Pakistan’s first email node established at HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi University.
- Imran.Net starts offering its commercial e-mail service.
- SDNPK, a UNDP project, starts the first reliable e-mail and news group service.
- First DNOPs (Data Network Operators) licenses issued by GoP.
- .pk domain comes into existence.
- Pakistan becomes the first South Asian country to open up the ISP market to the private sector.
- Digicom offers first commercial internet service. A 64Kbps link. Rs100/hr.
- PTCL starts its internet service.
- Pakistan Telecom Act Approved by Parliament & PTA formed.
- ISP licenses issued by PTA.
- PTCL signs for SMW-3 fiber optic cable spur touching Karachi.
- LUMS becomes first educational institution in the country to have own internet connectivity.
- ISPs mushroom across the country, followed closely by cybercafés.
- PTCL introduces multimetering of Internet calls despite public outcry.
- PTCL, under consumer and industry pressure, stops multi-metering of Internet calls.
- Formation of Internet Service Provider’s Association of Pakistan (ISPAK).
- Universal Internet Numbers (UIN) starting with digits 131 allotted to ISPs.
- New tariffs for international bandwidths using fiber (SMW-3) bring shared IP international bandwidth to US$6000 per month, for 2 Mbps.
- An investigation by the NWFP CM revealed a cyber fraud by 35 affluent students in Peshawar through the fraudulent use of Net2Phone. The students had bought and sold goods worth US$40,000.
- India bans the Dawn Internet Edition.
- ISPAK and Cyber.net hold the 1st Internet Exhibition in Karachi.
- Pakistan’s IT Policy formulated.
- GoP’s Universal Internet Access scheme allows more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages to dial ISPs in the nearest city at the cost of local call.
- SMW-3 fiber optic cable commissioned.
- Broadband cable introduced by WorldCall in Lahore.
- PTCL establishes new internet bandwidth service through the newly introduced Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE) with attractive price tags, but no quality of service guarantee.
- A group of students from FAST, Karachi launch ApnaKarachi.com, a portal that offers everything one wanted to know about Karachi, from bus routes to maps and more.
- PIE starts blocking internet telephony and pornographic websites.
- Government sets up Virtual University.
- Pakistan Educational Network connects 56 national universities with a high speed optical fiber network.
- PTA issues determination unblocking Net2Phone and other VoIP services.
- Intel helps the GoP set up Internet kiosks in major airports in the country.
- The official website of the Government of Pakistan is victim to a politically motivated attack launched by the latest version of an internet worm. Virus experts said the Yaha.E worm contains a payload designed in part to disrupt the home page of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with a rudimentary denial of service attack.
- Microsoft raids major corporations and offices to crack down on illegal and pirated software.
- AKD Trade launches the first Pakistani online stock trading website.
- Pakistan’s first geo-stationary satellite, PAKSAT-1, becomes operational.
- PTCL monopoly lapses on Jan 1 – on paper.
- PIE network goes down to crawling speeds 63 times in two months.
- PTCL starts blocking porn sites.
- PIE blocks access to SA Tribune (www.satribune.com), a Washingtonbased news website, critical of the GoP. Ministers deny the blocking.
- PTCL bandwidth rates are dropped from US$6,000 per 2Mbps to US$5,400 per 2Mbps.
- FLAG’s virtual pop activated.
- Hacking wars between hackers from India and Pakistan reach the peak level.
- PTCL signs 1st service level agreement with ISPs on FLAG circuits.
- Internet subscribers hooked to about 45 ISPs in Karachi suffer owing to break n fiber cable of PTCL. Internet remains ‘down’ for 19 hours.
- Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication announces the De- Regulation Policy for the Telecommunication Sector.
- GoP announces plans to give away porn-blocking software.
- The State Bank of Pakistan starts the online Credit Information Bureau (CIB), which is the first in South Asia to provide current data about borrowers.
- Naseeb.com, an online community that connects Muslims through a circle of friends, launches and becomes an overnight success.
- Pakistani internet users were unable to load any browser pages for nearly a day when miscreants cut an optical fiber link of PTCL near Sibi.
- Pakistan Telecommunications Company asks FLAG Telecom (PTCL’s international internet transit provider) to block access to all pornographic websites on its backbone to Pakistan.
- PTA auctions licenses for Local Loop, Wireless Local Loop and the Cellular sector.
- Access to South Asia Tribune is blocked again. The Government denies it.
Courtesy: Spider Magazine