The federal government expects the sale of more 3G/4G spectrum to bring in $170 million (Rs. 40 billion) in revenue.
Officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) claim that the Auction Advisory Committee has been reorganised and that Finance Minister Miftah Ismail would preside over the committee’s meeting in the upcoming days.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) proposals for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) in Pakistan will be reviewed by the Auction Advisory Committee together with the market assessment report, spectrum demand and supply. It will sanction the issuance of spectrum policy guidelines and manage the auction procedure.
The committee is made up of the Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Division, Federal Minister for Power, Federal Minister for Commerce, Secretary Finance Division, Secretary MoITT, Secretary Law & Justice Division, Chairman PTA, Executive Director Frequency Allocation Board, GHQ representative, Director-General Tech—ISI, Member Legal MolTT, and Member Telecom MolTT (Committee Secretary).
According to reliable sources, Telenor has expressed interest in purchasing 5 MHz spectrum. About their requirement for spectrum, PTA has also gotten in touch with other telecom operators. At the meeting of the Auction Advisory Committee, PTA will present a report.
The new spectrum auction is expected to bring in about $170 million, or about Rs. 40 billion, according to the IT Ministry’s estimate.