by Yasir Ameen
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in pursuance of the policy directive issued by Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), is planning to Auction Frequency Spectrum for Cellular Mobile Broadband Services.
The license for this service will be technology neutral and the licensees for deployment of any technology including 3G / 4G / LTE / any other upcoming technologies. In this regard, the information Memorandum (IM) for auctioning process is being prepared by PTA.
The auction will be held tentatively in March 2012 for which exact schedule will be issued later.
The auction process will be overseen by a joint professional group (Auction Supervisory Committee) comprising of public sector stakeholders, including representatives of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Information Technology, PTA and FAB etc.
PTA has constituted a special committee for making preparations to conduct the auction in the most possible transparent manner. PTA is also planning to hold Investors Conferences in Karachi and Islamabad for the awareness and information of potential investors.
The International Road Shows will also be organized. The exact schedule for this auction would be made available soon.
The introduction of Cellular Mobile Broadband services in the country will initiate a new economic cycle in the country and accrue great benefits for the national economy. It will also usher in new era for proliferation of a number of new applications for data intensive value added services.
This will greatly fulfill the requirement and demands of cellular mobile phone subscribers and professionals who are eagerly waiting for this service.