The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has banned the direct carrier billing (DCB) system, therefore users will be unable to access Google Play Store services in Pakistan as of December 1.
The central bank’s decision to restrict DCB has resulted in the suspension of payments totaling $34 billion to overseas service providers.
Customers would be forced to use their bank cards to download Google and other overseas applications due to the absence of Google Play Stores.
Furthermore, because of limitations in credit card facilities, a huge number of mobile users will be unable to download applications from the Google Play Store.
Moreover, the Telecom Ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), and cellular service providers contacted the SBP, requesting it to reverse the decision since it would cause issues for subscribers.
They indicated that the decision will have an influence on leading tech companies like as Google, Amazon, and Meta, forcing them to stop services in Pakistan.