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Roll-out of 3G technology — a long way to go

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The commercial launch of third-generation (3G) mobile internet services — which are already in the testing phase — is likely to take place shortly, at least in key metropolitan areas. Given the controversies that had long delayed the spectrum auction, the acquisition of high-speed mobile broadband technology is certainly a milestone. However, the real test […]

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Pakistan to launch 3G in first quarter of 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Secretary IT Ikhlaq Tarrar has said the 3G system for cellular users will be launched in the first quarter of 2014. He said PTA will hire the services of an international consultant for the auction of 3G licences, which will be issued in a transparent manner in the first quarter of 2014. He said […]

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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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3G, 4G, LTE up for grabs: Committee decides to offer neutral bands

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ISLAMABAD: The government has finalised the policy guidelines for auction of the “next generation technology spectrum”, signifying its departure from 3G range while offering a technology neutral band to investors. Headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, an Advisory Committee on Auction of telecom spectrum discussed at length the recommendations submitted by the Ministry of Information […]

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Appointment of PTA acting head can’t create hurdle for 3G licence

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ISLAMABAD: The government has not learnt the implications that occur due to giving someone acting charge of any department. Government has once again appointed an Acting Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority who might keep the new chairman under pressure and would also keep the door open for the government to make any changes any time […]

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Overtaken by 4G: Delay in sale of 3G licences

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PROCEDURAL issues and a complicated tendering process continue to delay the government’s plan to sell 3G telecom licences. It is depriving our access to a better technology which is available even to consumers in war-torn Afghanistan. New taxes on mobile phone users in the current budget are projected to further hold up the arrival of […]

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Telecom sector’s outflows reach $390.9m

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By: Mehtab Haider ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s telecom sector has witnessed net outflows of $390.9 million in the outgoing financial year, official sources told the News on MondayExperts said that puts a big question mark on the the PML-N government’s plan to auction Third Generation (3G) technology to fetch around $1 billion in licence fees. The raising […]

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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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