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PTA equips itself to check 3G services

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr Ismail Shah said that the regulator had purchased software to evaluate quality of services being provided on account of 3G and 4G in the country.“We will ensure quality of services on account of 3G and 4G in the country,” the chairman PTA said while talking to reporters after […]

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3G to reduce economic leakage in the financial sector

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KARACHI: Despite the many challenges the telecom industry is facing, Ufone will continue striving hard to offer world-class services to its customers, and will also provide excellent 3G coverage to meet their expectations in compliance with the Information Memorandum (IM), Ufone Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Asher Khan has said. In an interview with Daily Times, […]

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Spectrum auction winners to deposit $800m with PTA soon

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ISLAMABAD: All four winner companies of the last week’s spectrum auction are expected to deposit 75 percent of the total license fee, more than US $800 million, anytime soon. According to government’s announcement made here on Monday one of the winners, Telenor Pakistan has deposited their remaining spectrum amount to Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). China […]

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Was the 3G auction a success?

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On Wednesday Pakistan, finally, entered the age of 3G and 4G. Everyone came away from the long-awaited but much-delayed spectrum auction with something in hand. A senior telecom executive put it like this: “That is the beauty of the way the government had designed the auction.” While all the four bidders got 3G licences (two […]

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Licence auction fetches $1.12bn

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ISLAMABAD: The auction of 3G and 4G licences has made Pakistan nearly $1.12 billion or Rs111 billion richer, putting it very close to the expected $1.2 billion target the government had set for itself in the budget for FY2013-14. The government had expected to make Rs120 billion and was counting on revenue from the telecom […]

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3G and 4G auction by April 23: PTA Chairman

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) Chairman, Ismail Shah has informed the Supreme Court that 3G and 4G licenses will be auctioned by April 23. A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawaad Khawaja heard the 3G and 4G auction case on Thursday. During proceedings Justice Khawaja inquired about the auction in which only licensed companies would […]

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PM assures of transparent 3G licence auction

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the 3G licence would be open for all the national and international competitors and it would be awarded transparently. “We expect that the international bidders will also compete in the 3G licence,” he said, talking to a three-member delegation from the telecom industry. The prime minister hoped […]

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Spectrum will be a game changer

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Shariq Ur Rehman is the Sales Head of Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) for Pakistan and South Asia Growth Economies (West) at Oracle Corporation. OFM is said to be the leading business innovation platform for the enterprise and the cloud. In an exclusive interview with The News, he shared his views on the present and the […]

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Dar chairs meeting on spectrum auction

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ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the Spectrum Auction Advisory Committee was held under the chairmanship of Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at the finance ministry here on Wednesday. Secretary Ministry of Information Technology, Akhlaq Tarrar briefed the committee on the progress made so far on the auction of licences. He informed the committee that all the […]

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Trial: Mobile phone operators to test 3G, 4G services

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ISLAMABAD: Mobile phone operators, under the regulator’s decision of granting them a free trial permission on non-commercial basis for 3G and 4G services, will test and finetune services before the spectrum auction takes place. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had announced that all mobile operators will be granted a free trial licence for 3G and […]

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PTA to sell licences for 3G services at base price

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ISLAMABAD: The government will not hold open bidding for the award of licences for third generation telecom services if it receives bids within available slots and will sell each band at the base price of $295 million irrespective of whether the bidders quote higher prices. According to the Information Memorandum, a policy document that sets […]

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Govt to issue spectrum auction information soon

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ISLAMABAD: The government will shortly issue the Information Memorandum about the spectrum auction to mobile companies operating in Pakistan, a statement said. The Spectrum Auction Committee that met on Thursday with Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar in the chair informed this to the chief executive officers (CEOs) of the mobile companies, it said. The […]

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Anusha for speedy spectrum auction

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Islamabad: State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rahman on Wednesday stressed the need for early completion of Information Memorandum (IM) draft so that auction process of next generation spectrum for the cellular services could be archived as per already given timelines. Value partner consultants, hired by PTA for spectrum auction called in the state minister […]

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A slow, unsure walk to speed

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While the government dithers over whether to offer 3G mobile-phone licences or 4G, and the five existing mobile-phone service providers are worried about licence fees and network costs, technological purists and consumer activists at least are clear: 4G is hands-down a better option than 3G for Pakistan. “Pakistan missed the bus on 3G. More than […]

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