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Bids for 3G, 4G licences surpass expectations: PTA

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ISLAMABAD: Following receipt of initial bids for 3G and 4G licences from mobile phone companies, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said on Tuesday it had received offers that surpassed its expectations. According to a PTA official, the regulator received four initial bids. The licences would go under the hammer next week. “It is refreshing to […]

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No plan to restrict Facebook, Skype after 3G auction

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ISLAMABAD: The government holds no plan to restrict important services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Skype after spectrum auction of multi-billion dollars 3G and 4G technologies in Pakistan, official sources confirmed to The News on Friday. The Cellular companies are worried about streams of their cash-inflows in terms of their voice services as increased […]

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IT minister, operators discuss 3G auction regime

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KARACHI: The government will include suggestions of all stakeholders, particularly the cellular mobile operators, prior to the next generation spectrum auction (3G). All elements of the framework would be structured for the benefit of the public and to ensure maximum investment into rollout of networks, and financial viability of the mobile broadband market, said Minister […]

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Turk Cell keen to take part in 3G auction

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ISLAMABAD: The government might succeed in its efforts to enter a new player in the telecom sector as Turk Cell has showed keen interest in the forthcoming next generation spectrum auction and very soon its representatives will visit Pakistan for the purpose. Turk Cell has showed its interest to invest in the telecom sector of […]

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$2b collection from 3G auction ‘a false target’

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LAHORE: Like other estimates of the cash-strapped government, the claim of $2 billion revenue collection from 3G auction also won’t be materialised as almost all telecom operators have shown reluctance to enter the bidding due to high base price, telecom industry sources have said. The finance minister’s assertion of generating $2 billion from the auction […]

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3G/4G licence memorandum next month

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ISLAMABAD: The consultant hired for finalising the auction of 3G/4G licences will finalise its Information Memorandum (IM) within the first 10 days of the next month. The consultant has also been assigned to recommend the allocation of additional frequency for launch of 4G through upcoming auction which will increase revenues for the government. “The consultant […]

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PTA to conduct QoS survey next month

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KARACHI: After protracted delay of two years, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), ignoring the external pressure will flex its muscles in February 2014 by checking the quality of service (QoS) being provided by Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) to consumers. In this regard, PTA’s senior official responding to the scribe’s query confirmed that the regulator has decided […]

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Govt all set to auction 3G licences in March

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ISLAMABAD – The government is set to auction the spectrum for next generation mobile network in March this year and for the purpose the consultant hired by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has started consultation process with stakeholders. The purpose of starting consultation process is the finalisation of Information Memorandum that is the key document to […]

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Need for an international 3G operator

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The newly-selected consultants for Pakistans upcoming next-generation spectrum will soon get down to the business of auction design and spectrum pricing. Informed observers suggest that one of the critical success factors for this auction will be the level of participation of new telecom operators. The ew operators will most likely be the established, multinational operators […]

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3G auction: International consortium chosen as consultant

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ISLAMABAD: In the first practical step towards the much-awaited auction of next generation mobile services (3G), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday completed the evaluation process for the selection of a consultant. The selection has been made following a detailed review of financial bids opened on November 23 in the presence of all five bidders […]

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3G auction: PTA not entertaining consultants requests for ‘benefits’

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), to secure the auction of multi-billion dollars worth next generation mobile spectrum (3G) from legal proceeding and to ensure transparency in the entire process, has so far declined to entertain the requests of consultants seeking 5 per cent exemption in performance bank guarantee and many more benefits. Surprisingly, financial proposals […]

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PTA issues RFP to hire consultants for 3G auction

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire consultancy services for much-awaited auction of next-generation telecom licences (3G). The authority has sought to engage services of internationally reputed consultant for the purpose, who would assist on all steps necessary in making conduct of auction a success in terms of marketing […]

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Dismal words by legislators can spoil 3G investment

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KARACHI: While the government is eyeing heavy foreign investment against issuance of 3G licences, at this time such discouraging statements by senior legislators can destroy investors’ confidence, telecom officials said on Thursday. Commenting on the latest statement of Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting Parvaiz Rashid that chief executive officers of mobile companies should be […]

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PM gives go-ahead for 3G licensing

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By: AHMAD AHMADANI and USMAN CHEEMA ISLAMABAD: In a bid to tap as much as $1-1.5 billion during the present fiscal year, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given his final approval to the much-awaited auction of the third generation (3G) mobile spectrum licensing. The government has issued 3G policy directives for the next generation spectrum […]

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