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PTA Briefs Media on 3G / 4G Spectrum Auction

By | April 19, 2014 No Comments

Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority today held an interactive session with media personals from print, electronic and digital media to brief them about the on-going 3G / 4G spectrum auction. Chairman PTA explained that why 3G — and particularly the 4G — spectrum auction was necessary for the economic and national growth of the country. In fact, he said, the economy was being [...]

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ICT Forum Terms 3G / 4G Auction Process Satisfactory

By | April 18, 2014 14 Comments

ICT Forum Pakistan has shown its concerns over various news stories that started appearing after 14th April, the day 3/4 G Auction bids were submitted. A statement issued by ICT Forum Pakistan, an independently working think tank with focus on Pakistan’s telecom sector, said that such baseless stories – involving a respectable foreign news agency – were frustrating, and a distraction in the management of [...]

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Breaking: Warid Urges to Deploy 4G Network with Existing License

By | April 17, 2014 107 Comments

Warid Telecom is seeking its chance to deploy 4G LTE network for high-speed broadband with its existing license and spectrum from 1800Mhz band that it had bought in 2004, we have confirmed with sources. Despite the fact that the spectrum allocated to Warid (in 1800Mhz band) might not be sufficient enough for parallel and smooth quality of service for mobile broadband, Warid has decided to [...]

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PTA Announces Qualified 3G / 4G Spectrum Bidders

By | April 17, 2014 36 Comments

In accordance with the timelines mentioned in Information Memorandum (IM) for the Spectrum Auction of Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan, PTA has announced the names of the qualified bidders for the auction to be held on April 23, 2014. PTA has received bids from four existing Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) on April 14, 2014 for 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz Spectrum. After scrutiny of [...]

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Telenor to Lay off Over 100 Employees in Pakistan

By | April 16, 2014 32 Comments

Telenor is planning to lay off at least 100 employees from Pakistan to outsource major Finance and Accounting tasks to Accenture Bangladesh, we have confirmed with sources. Sources confirmed that Telenor Group is in process of taking a decision on the matter and final outcome is expected around last week of April 2014. Interestingly the labour in Pakistan is more cost efficient than Dhaka, however, [...]

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Understanding 3G / 4G and the Auction Process [Complete Guide]

By | April 16, 2014 34 Comments

Pakistan’s Telecom industry is undergoing its most crucial time since the deregulation of the telecom industry back in 2004. Amid spectrum auction of 3G and 4G licenses, there have been serious confusions – particularly amongst the media – which is not only causing serious damage to the people of Pakistan but to our economy as well. Through this post we will try to help you [...]

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Spectrum Demand in 3G / 4G Auction is More than Supply: Chairman PTA

By | April 15, 2014 50 Comments

First round of 3G and 4G license auction in Pakistan gathered more demand from operators than the supply available in the allocated spectrum, confirmed us Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Yesterday four local operators submitted their bids for the first phase of 3G and 4G auction. Dr. Ismail told me that demand for spectrum is more than the supply and hence auction will [...]

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Zong Gets Local Loop Licenses for 14 Telecom Regions of Pakistan

By | April 15, 2014 21 Comments

After recent announcement by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority regarding the issuance of new local loop licenses, China Mobile Pakistan or Zong was quick enough to secure 14 local loop licenses for all telecom regions of the country. With Zong joining the league, there are now 18 operators with Local Loop licenses for various telecom regions of Pakistan. It maybe recalled that an LL Licence authorizes the [...]

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GraphicMail Starts Offering its Email Marketing Solutions in Pakistan

By | April 15, 2014 7 Comments

GraphicMail – a specialized email marketing company — has announced plans to expand its operations in Pakistan. The company originally based in South Africa, currently having its physical presence in more than 24 countries, is now operating with a software development centre in Islamabad. GraphicMail has recently registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to become first registered email-marketing solution provider in [...]

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Confirmed: Ufone, Mobilink, Telenor and Zong Submit Sealed Bids for 3G / 4G Licenses

By | April 14, 2014 24 Comments

As we reported earlier today, its confirmed now that four local operators – namely Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan, Ufone and Zong (China Mobile Pakistan) – today submitted sealed bids for the auction of 3G / 4G licenses, confirmed a statement issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Statement said that authority received four bids for spectrum auction for Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan till the deadline of [...]

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3G / 4G Auction Starts: Four Operators to Submit Sealed Bids Today

By | April 14, 2014 109 Comments

Telenor, Mobilink, Ufone and Zong are submitting their sealed bids for 3G and 4G licenses today to leave behind Warid, the only operator in the market to have not participated in the bidding process. Market sources confirmed ProPakistani that four operators are submitting their sealed bids today in order to qualify for the final bidding process to be held on April 23rd, 2014. Unlike it [...]

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Pakistan to Deal with Grey Traffic, ICH After 3G / 4G Auction

By | April 14, 2014 2 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom are all set to deal with grey traffic and International Clearing House (or ICH) amicably after the auction of 3G and 4G licenses later this month. Sources who are familiar with the development confirmed ProPakistani that a massive and thorough plan has been prepared for complete elimination of grey telephony that is causing loses — [...]

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PTA to Sell New Local Loop Licenses in Pakistan

By | April 14, 2014 11 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to sell Local Loop licenses to interested buyers, we have confirmed with sources. Issuance of of LL or Local Loop licenses will be carried out under telecom deregulation policy of 2003. PTA has said that it will start processing the pending application for LL licenses, while new interested players can also submit new applications for acquiring new LL licenses. For [...]

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Ufone and Samsung Co-Launch Galaxy S5 in Pakistan

By | April 11, 2014 15 Comments

Samsung and Ufone announced the co-launch of Galaxy S5 & Gear Fit in Pakistan today. Continuing the bond, both companies are confident that this partnership will bear fruit and deliver exquisite end product and services to the customers. Mr. Taimur Faiz Cheema, General Manager Marketing, Ufone opined, “Ufone has the distinction of becoming the exclusive partner of Samsung for the co-launch of Galaxy S5 in [...]

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3G / 4G Auction to be Held on Time: Authorities

By | April 11, 2014 31 Comments

Planned auction of 3G / 4G licenses in Pakistan was somewhat jolted when Senate’s standing committee on Information Technology yesterday recommended to delay the auction since Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is yet to have its member technical. Senate’s standing committee, chaired by Mr. Idrees Khan Safi, said that auction should be delayed till the appointment of third member of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Faisal Raza Abidi during [...]

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