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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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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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PTA begins auction process of 3G licences

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ISLAMABAD: The process for the auction of 3G cellular licences has begun, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told the apex court on Tuesday. The PTA Director Technical told a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry which heard a petition seeking direction for auction of 3G cellular licence, utilization of USF funds, that seven […]

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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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Telecom regulator: Possible headway towards 3G auction

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By: Farooq Baloch KARACHI: After disappointing the Supreme Court (SC) in a previous hearing, the federal government has finally come up with two names to fill the positions of members and chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on the last day of the deadline given by the apex court, The Express Tribune has learned. The […]

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SC decries delay in 3G licence auction

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered the government to complete the process of appointing the chairman and three members of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in 10 days after processing the 165 applications received for the posts. The telecommunication sector is running virtually without a regulator as the post of its chairman has been vacant […]

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Delays hang over Pakistan 3G lifeline

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s cash-strapped government has promised to sell 3G mobile telephone licences to raise revenue, match regional rivals and drive prosperity, but the process has been beset by delays. Even Afghanistan, Pakistan’s far less developed western neighbour with a weaker economy and more fragile state, has the technology. But Pakistani consumers struggle to transfer data […]

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PTA virtually non-existent, SC told

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was baffled to learn on Wednesday that the entire telecommunication sector in the country was running unbridled and without effective regulation because the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority was virtually non-existent. Not only the post of PTA chairman has been lying vacant since February but important posts of its three members have also […]

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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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As Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman departs, industry breathes easier

By: Farooq Baloch KARACHI: He came, he saw, but he just could not conquer. Farooq Ahmed Awan was the government’s most-trusted bureaucrat, given the responsibility for taking the third generation (3G) mobile spectrum licencing process to its logical end. His tenure as chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), however, came to an abrupt and […]

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Failure in solving 3G licence, Etisalat issues: government relying heavily on borrowing

By: TAHIR AMIN & ZAHEER ABBASI The government would be heavily relying on borrowing to finance the fiscal deficit, which is expected to increase significantly in the current fiscal year due to the inability to generate the budgeted non-tax revenue of $1.6 billion on account of Etisalat and auction of 3G spectrum. Sources said that […]

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3rd Generation gap

By: Shahzada Irfan Ahmed The fate of 3G licensing in the country seems to be still unclear, as the differences among stakeholders are becoming severer every day. There is difference of opinion over the auction process to be adopted, timing of the launch, hiring of consultants for auction and the proposed terms and conditions the […]

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3G: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority members squabble over hiring of auction consultants

By: Farooq Baloch ISLAMABAD: Despite a common goal – an early auction of the third generation (3G) mobile cellular spectrum licence, the officials responsible for the auction are far from reaching a consensus on the legality of hiring 3G consultants. Because of the difference of opinion among its members, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has […]

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National Accountability Bureau smells rat in 3G licence auction process

By: Syed Irfan Raza ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has raised questions about the process being adopted for auctioning 3G licences in the country. “The NAB finds hiring of consultants for 3G/4G Spectrum (modern cellular phone technology) licences’ auction not in line with the Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority rules,” NAB spokesman Zafar Iqbal said […]

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