Google Play Store services will not stop working after December 1, 2022, the country’s IT ministry has said, as the central bank has been asked to restore the mechanism through which such payments are made to international companies.
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Google Play Services Banned in Pakistan:
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) suspended the Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) mechanism, after which a payment of $34 million per year through mobile companies to international service providers including Google, Amazon and Meta was stuck.
Google Play Store services
Google Play Store services will no longer be available to users in Pakistan after December 1 as the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has suspended the Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) mechanism.
Users will not have to use their bank cards to take advantage of the services and most will not be able to download apps from the Google Play Store due to credit card limitations.
The telecommunications ministry, the PTA and cellular service operators have approached the SBP to seek revocation of the pass, as the move will create problems for customers.
“It is pertinent to mention here that we all understand the prevailing challenge of worsening the country’s economic conditions and therefore we are open to working in a friendly manner with the Regulator (SBP); as we are already working with them in the case of telecommunications transactions related to imports from the sector to navigate these testing times”, says the letter sent by the telecommunications companies to the SBP.
Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Meta are hit by the non-payment of Pakistan, which owes $34 million to international service providers, and could be forced to suspend its services entirely.