3G Auction in Pakistan on March 29th

PTA-logo (2)Pakistan will auction third generation telecom licenses on March 29th, 2012 with each licenses to be base priced at USD 210 million and auctioned through bidding, reported Reuters citing Dr. Muhammad Yasin, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

Revealing preliminary details about the 3G license auction, Mr. Yasin said that the amount bidders will have to deposit with initial expressions of interest – to indicate the seriousness of a bid – would be $31.5 million and license terms would be from eight to 15 years.

Chairman PTA expects to attract at least 10 to 15 potential investors for initial bidding process. For the purpose, PTA is undergoing investors’ conferences in Islamabad and Karachi.

Dr. Yasin, further detailing the auction procedures, noted that existing telecom operators could start offering 3G services immediately after being awarded a license, while in case of new operators, they will have to wait till March 2013 to commence 3G services in the country.

He said that there would be no minimum and maximum requirements for foreign equity and foreign controlled companies would be allowed domestic borrowing.

Responding to a question put by ProPakistani, analysts said that base price is little higher than they had originally expected. Earlier estimates suggested that the base price for 3G licenses would be $195 million, they said.

Experts opined that the winning bid won’t go beyond $270 mark, though those existing telecom players who have plans to not to go with 3G will play their best to increase the bid value; in severe case $300 million mark could possibly be crossed.

Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • At last a sigh of hope for Pakistani… quite late though, but a step towards the right direction.. which should have been taken couple of months back…
    anyways, just hope all things go according to the schedule and we dont have to wait more..
    let c when we’ll have 3G connection in our hand…

  • any idea who from the current lot will not go for 3G license?

    and how many licenses PTA is offering?

  • just hope that any of the existing telecom operators will get the license other wise if some new co. gets it , we have to Waite 1 or 2 years more

  • I m unable to understand what is bidding for. and wot if one wins in bidding. will only he will be able to provide 3g? means the party giving higher bid will be awarded with the licsene? then wot about others? or bidding is just for setting price? please elaborate if any body knows…

  • pity for the companies coming in Pakistan for the 3G services. They need to sit with existing companies and try to find out how much struggle they are putting in especially to over come electricity shortage and increase in fuel prices. Existing companies are already facing huge losses and tough competition pulling down calling rate every now and then.

    • Charges abhi kisi ko nahi pata, yeh to networks ke marzi

      Andazan 1000Rs 2GB 3G mobile internet/month
      Video call incoming/outgoing 4Rupees/minute

  • I am sure Warid will purchase.
    there are so many people joining Warid from Mobilink and Ufone under the leadership of Zohair Khaliq.
    They will be the first one to launch 3G

  • Yaro sab sy bara faida 3G ka yeh hy k aap skype to skype call kar sakty hain.pakistani user k liay yeh bohat affordable hy jin k relative foreign countries main rehty hain.Aub bomile to mobile vedio call easy ho jay gi.

  • Dubai main 3G bohat pehly sy hy.Aur Vedio call bohat easy hay.Aub pakistan main aany sy easly vedio call ho sakty gi foreign logon k liay yeh bohat acha ho raha hy.Skype to skype aur google talk to google talk easy mobile vedio call ho saky gi.

  • DONT care about 3G what we are expect good jobs..otherwise bhar mein gai 3g

  • salam to all

    sir mera ek arz hai k ap pury pakistan ki SIM’S block kar dain jis k pas apna card hoga to wo khul wayga agar nhn hoga to band to hoga pakistan main esy bohat sim chal rhe hain jo apny card par nhn chala rhy hain mere ye ghuzarish hai k bari mehrbani sub sim band kar dain is main sub ki bhalai hogye

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