Google has temporarily suspended Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) on the Google Play Store despite assurances by the Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Amin-ul-Haque. According to the details, DCB was suspended by Google due to non-payment of outstanding dues following the decision by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to shutdown the mechanism for Direct Carrier Billing (DCB).
The development comes after reports that State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had blocked $34 million to international tech companies as local telecom operators were not allowed to operate DCB services. Meanwhile, Google is still accepting payments for paid apps through use of debit or credit card options.
However, the Ministry of Finance on the advise of Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, instructed State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to hold off on suspending the mechanism for DCB and provide telecom companies a month to set a proper mechanism for these types of payments.
Despite the decision to hold off on suspension of DCB for foreign tech companies, Google has temporarily suspended the service themselves and users will no longer be available of buy apps using their mobile balance / credit. The decision has been taken by the company to allow the government to formulate a proper policy for such payments.
What is Direct Carrier Billing (DCB)?
Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) allows users to pay for apps or in-app purchases on the Google Play Store using their mobile credit. This method of payment is also available for services obtained from other tech companies like Amazon, Meta or even Netflix to buy their streaming packages.