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Draft policy for 3G auction ready

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ISLAMABAD: To move ahead with the auction of multibillion dollar 3G technology, the government has prepared a draft of policy directive by suggesting entry of existing as well as new players, technology transfer, and others measures – which will be tabled before the advisory committee for approval within this week. The Minister of State for […]

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Attempt to arrest Pakistan Telecommunication Authority official who objected to $2 bn 3G deal foiled

By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: An attempt to arrest a defiant PTA officer, who had objected to and highlighted serious loopholes in the process of the auctioning of $2 billion (expected) 3G licence was foiled by the authority’s employees. Dr Khawar, Member Technical of PTA was escorted to safety by the employees of PTA after a […]

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3G a big opportunity for information technology companies

KARACHI: The 3G (Third Generation) technology is a big opportunity for information technology companies in Pakistan as they have a crucial role in the launch and operation of the high-speed and heavy data technology to millions of cellular users across the country. This was stated by Pakistan and South Asia Growth Economy (West) Managing Director […]

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Government’s priorities shuffle as politics heats up

By: Farooq Baloch KARACHI: The abrupt departure of Farooq Awan from the chairmanship of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has created a vacuum within the telecom regulatory body, which most likely, cannot be filled anytime soon. The rising political unrest in the federal capital and Supreme Court’s verdict on the rental power project case, on […]

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3G spectrum auction: Government cancels contracts of foreign consultants

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to reports of violation of set procedures and hiring of experts at an exorbitant fee, the government has cancelled contracts of foreign consultants, who were selected for preparing a roadmap and monitoring auction of 3G spectrum licences. “The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has cancelled contracts of three consultants,” said Information Technology Secretary Aamir […]

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3-G auction consultants: clarification

WE are the three consultants appointed to advise on Pakistan’s forthcoming 3-G auction. Between us we have over 60 years of experience in advising governments around the world on telecom issues and spectrum auctions. Sadly, we are compelled to write this letter to defend our reputations following recent articles in other papers about Pakistan’s 3G […]

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Finance Ministry cautions Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on 3G auction

By: Usman Manzoor Islamabad: The Finance Ministry has also barred Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) from violating Public Procurement Rules in hiring consultants for auction of one to two billion dollars 3G Spectrum clearly mentioning that “no deviation from the rules may be allowed or tolerated under any circumstances”, documents reveal. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) […]

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Hidden hand wants to ‘sabotage’ 3G auction

By: Zulqernain Tahir LAHORE: Information technology ministry sees a ‘hidden hand’ that wants to sabotage the process of the much-awaited auction of 3rd Generation Spectrum (3G) licences and fears it may further be delayed if the prime minister fails to intervene in the matter. The ministry has also informed Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf about […]

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