Spectrum Prices in Pakistan to Go High

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has planned for changing annual spectrum fee for radio based services. For the purpose, authority has asked the industry for input on the matter, before March 15th, 2009.

PTA says that current spectrum charging methodology was defined back in 2000. It said that the situation has changed altogether due to increased spectrum demand, availability of abundant spectrum coupled with inflation.

PTA justified that spectrum pricing review has not been done for 10 year to avoid undue economic pressure on the licensees.

PTA has warned that periodic review of spectrum prices would be carried out to introduce utilization efficiency, bring technological innovation and tackle any distortions observed after implementation of proposed charges.

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