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Telcos to Commercially Launch 3G Services With-in Two Weeks

By | April 24, 2014 No Comments

After successful auction of 3G and 4G spectrum yesterday, each and every mobile phone user is now waiting for the commercial launch of 3G services in the country. The information ProPakistani received yesterday revealed that despite winning the spectrum, the commercial commencement of 3G service may take a week or two at most. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that it will hold License Award ceremony after [...]

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3G / 4G Auction in Pakistan [Live Updates]

By | April 23, 2014 1,829 Comments

The day has arrived, 3G / 4G is finally happening in our country. Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has said that it has finalized all the arrangements for the Spectrum Auction for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) to be held today. Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong will be taking part in the bid to secure their 3G and 4G licenses. As you may know that bidding will [...]

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3G / 4G Auction to Begin Tomorrow at 10:00 AM

By | April 22, 2014 71 Comments

The final round of spectrum auction for 3G and 4G technologies is all set to commence tomorrow, April 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 AM, that’s just hours away from now. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is all prepared to conduct the auction after it exercised full-fledge mock auction yesterday. PTA officials told ProPakistani that all qualified cellular operators participated in the mock auction to understand the procedures and [...]

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CEO Warid Meets Chairman PTA

By | April 22, 2014 19 Comments

Getting permission for deployment of LTE services without participating in next generation mobile services award (NGSMA) might not be as simple as it seems, hinted a statement issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Statement from authority revealed that Chairman PTA Dr. Syed Ismail Shah held a meeting with Mr. Muneer Farooqui, CEO Warid Telecom in Pakistan to discuss the reports of Warid Telecom launching 4G services [...]

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PTA to Take Legal Action Against Reuters For Misreporting on 3G / 4G Auction

By | April 22, 2014 14 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to take on Reuters with legal action for presenting falsified facts regarding the on-going process of 3G and 4G spectrum, we have confirmed with sources. Reuters had published a story on April 15th, 2014 – exactly the next day after operators submitted sealed bids – claiming that auction drew disappointing bids. A spokesperson of PTA confirmed ProPakistani that authority is [...]

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SHC Suspends 14 Local Loop Licenses of Zong

By | April 22, 2014 6 Comments

Sindh High Court has suspended recently issued local loop licenses to Zong (for all 14 regions), we have confirmed with officials. SHC issued this interim order while hearing a petition which had plead that these local loop licenses issued to Zong — and other telecom operators – were granted with expired telecom policy. A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority official confirmed ProPakistani about the suspension of Zong’s [...]

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Auction of 3G / 4G Challenged in Supreme Court, Stay not Granted!

By | April 22, 2014 33 Comments

It appears that there are people in Pakistan who still want Pakistan to remain without 3G and 4G technologies. Just hours before the auction, a petition has been filed in the court that seeks a hold on the auction plan. Petitioner believes that auction violates the rules and that it will fetch less money that it actually should. SC, however, didn’t grant the stay on [...]

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Poll: How Much Can You Pay for 3G Services?

By | April 21, 2014 153 Comments

With all the excitements, we are sure that 3G services are finally going to surface in Pakistan with-in just weeks, inshAllah. Yes, after years of delays and several abortive efforts, 3G is finally happening in Pakistan. At this point in time, mobile phone users have now started to think about the possible costs and rates associated with 3G services and its usage. Pakistan – due [...]

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Telcos to Offer 3G Services In Auction Hall on Auction Day!

By | April 21, 2014 24 Comments

Majority of qualified operators of 3G / 4G auction will be offering free of cost 3G services in auction hall on the auction day on April 23rd, 2014, we have confirmed with the officials who are aware of the development. Officials said that necessary arrangements are being made by operators to offer high-speed wireless broadband through 3G services in the auction hall. It merits mentioning [...]

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PTA to Hold Mock Auction for 3G / 4G Spectrum Today

By | April 21, 2014 19 Comments

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is all set to hold full-scale mock auction for 3G and 4G spectrum today. This practice auction – before the final auction on April 23rd – is aimed at letting the qualified bidders understand the auction process and the technicalities associated with the software that is used for the spectrum auction. PTA said that the purpose of mock auction is to make [...]

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PTA Briefs Media on 3G / 4G Spectrum Auction

By | April 19, 2014 31 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 30 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 113 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 42 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 37 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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