3G License Auction Likely in October: Reuters

Pakistan is planning to issue 3G licenses to potential operators through an open auction in October this year, reported Reuters while citing unnamed Pakistani government officials.

According to Reuters report, which more looks like a tipped story says, a committee of the federal cabinet has agreed in principle to launch 3G services as soon as possible without any conditions – agency citied a source who is directly handling the 3G license auction.

Citing another source, without naming it, report says that the Economic Coordination Committee is expected to green-light the auction in the first week of August. The auctions are expected to be held in mid to late October.

The officials did not say if the licenses would be offered to the existing telecoms operators, or include others. A PTA official said it would probably be only for those already operating in Pakistan.

3G in Pakistan recently hit the spotlight when Federal Minister for Finance Dr. Hafeez Shaikh told the media that 3G license policy have made it’s way to federal cabinet for final official approvals.

Pakistani officials have been promising 3G license auction in the past but deadlines were never met, mainly due to resistance from local operators who think that 3G isn’t viable business case in Pakistan with rock bottom ARPU and high opex.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • One cannot restrict to local operators but invite foreign operators so that they get better rates in an auction.

  • Kal subha Aamir Atta ne aik umeed di 3G Launch hone ki par aaj subha Mehwish Khan ne hamesha ki tarah 3G Ki umeed mita di or ab phir aik umeed di Aamir Atta ne :)

  • Govt need money to cover budget deficit in current fiscal year. this time govt. is serious to generate around $ 1 billion. with commission or with out commission govt. has to do it. operators will have edge of this situation.

  • We are fed up of stone age services being offered by current operators…we want something new now…

  • wt the hell is this? V ‘ve been hearig from last five years
    For 3G licencig
    I think nothing nothing ‘ll happen in this contry

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