PTA Sets Base Prices for 3G, 4G, Cellular Licenses

PTA-logoPakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued information memorandum for the auction of three 3G and one cellular license for 1900/2100 MHz (3G/4G/LTE) band and 800 MHz Band.

Base price for 3G license would be $ 210 million for duration of 15 years, while the auction will be held in multiple rounds through open outcry method.

Base price for Mobile Cellular (defunct) License is set at $155 million for duration of around 8 years.

The authority has set at $ 23.25 million as bid earnest money for auction of Cellular Phone defunct License for frequency spectrum of 800MHz whereas it set $31.5 million bid earnest money for auction of new Cellular Phone for spectrum of 1900/2100 MHz.

New License(s) for 3G/4G/LTE

Spectrum for Mobile Cellular (3G/4G/LTE etc.) licenses has been made available in blocks of 9.8 MHz given below. The winner of auction will have choice to select any block of 9.8+9.8 MHz from the available spectrum in 1900/2100 MHz:

Block Frequency

  • Block A: 1920-1929.8/2110-2119.8 MHz (9.8+9.8MHz)
  • Block B: 1929.8-1939.6/2119.8-2129.6 MHz (9.8+9.8 MHz)
  • Block C: 1939.6-1949.4/2129.6-2139.4 MHz (9.8+9.8 MHZ)

Base Price for a block of 9.8+9.8 MHz is US $ 210 Million

Operator(s) can start their services by 2013 after completing all mandatory legal and financial requirements.


Defunct License For Technology Neutral services

PTA will award one technology-neutral nationwide license to Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) and including existing and new players, which was earlier held by Instaphone before termination of its services and operation.

The license awarded will be inclusive of radio frequency spectrum between 824.265 – 831.645 MHz (7.38) MHz and 869.265 – 876.645 MHz (7.38) MHz. The winning operator may launch any technology including 2.5G, 3G or 4G technology for rendering services.

The operator may start its services in 2012 after meeting all financial, network rolls out and operational requirements.


Bidding Process:

PTA in its Memorandum of Information (IM) 2012 stated that the Bidding Committee will be announced prior to start of the auction and shall continue the auction until there are no further bids. The time duration between two bids shall be five minutes. Each bidder shall be granted a timeout of fifteen minutes each, on request, only twice during the entire auction process.

Each successive bid(s) shall have to be more than the already quoted bid. Therefore, the subsequent bid increment shall be in multiple of $2 million with a minimum bid limit of 2 million and maximum bid limit of $10 million.

The successful bidder shall deposit 50 percent of the auction winning price, that is, Initial License/Spectrum fee after adjustment of the bid earnest money within thirty (30) working days in PTA designated bank account.

The remaining 50 percent of the auction winning price shall be deposited in 5 equal annual installments payable in US$ or equivalent in rupees. If the successful bidder fails to make the payment of first 50 percent of auction winning price (Initial License/Spectrum fee) within the stipulated time, the next highest bidder(s) in order of their bid(s) will be offered the license on the same auction winning price.

If no bidder is found ready to match the auction winning price, the Bidding session will be closed without awarding any license, PTA stated.

PTA shall forfeit the bid earnest money and all other amounts received from the defaulting bidders.

The defunct license shall only be issued after payment of first 50 percent of the initial spectrum fee within thirty (30) working days from the auction date. Whereas the new license shall only be awarded after payment of 100 percent of the auction winning price within sixty (60) working days from the date it is offered to the bidder.

PTA reserves the right, on the recommendation of the Bidding Committee, to disqualify any bidder and forfeit its money for different reasons such as failure of payment, misrepresentation and inaccuracy of facts in applications and corrupt practice, meaning the offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of anything of value to influence a public official in relation to auction process.

You can download Information Memorandum for licenses from following links

  • really good news but y AJK and gilgit biltistan are excluded as mentined in Draft licence as Annex-D in IM-212

    • india has everything in their occupied Kashmir

      Why Pakistan is not doing same?
      Musharaf did good, he sent GSM companies in several areas but Kashmiris are still missing DSL and other better telecom services.

  • guys plz tell me speeds of 3g and 4g?
    Now 2g on computer connects at 460 kb/s and gives download at 5-10 kb/s.

  • 3G ki speed i think 21Mbps tak ja sakti hay HSDPA, Or 4G ki 50Mbps, par ye depend karta hay network pe k wo kis qaulity ki service day raha hay HSDPA,UMTS,WCDMA,HSPA,HSPA+ YA LTE…..

  • wow, a new cellular company?

    “Base price for Mobile Cellular (defunct) License is set at $155 million for duration of around 8 years.”

    GSM or CDMA?

  • chalo yaar, Some Good use, I’m a long user of ufone Edge tou ab 3G bhi aa jaye ga, Insha’Allah, Then it will be a greater speed.

  • Wow…That’s Great…means this time we can expect 3G Auction on given date without any further delay…this is absolutely good to see…fingers crossed…most importantly i am keeping an eye on the most expensive network Telenor as far as GPRS/EDGE rates are concerned, i can’t imagine how expensive a 3G Would provide by network like Telenor/Warid/Ufone who are providing EDGE in expensive rates, i am expecting a decent and affordable 3G Pricing from Zong though

  • Any news on who are attending the auction? I mean are their any new comers for the auction too?

    Also, there’s to be issued a new license of Cellular services – there’s a new operator coming into play apart from the 5-operators already?

  • Yes, who is participating in this auction… now this is the main point which we need to ask for details.

  • well so far as i heard (as rumor has it) Orascom/Mobilink and Ufone are gng for the bid pleass go to for further info. i would love if telenor and zong go for the bid but Mobilink does show strong sign’s for the bid, cause recently they upgraded their old/defunct MOTOROLA edge eqiupment to HUAWEI’S more advanced 3G eqiup. But still the big question after this would be, will it be just 3G or will 4G and LTE will also see the light of day as per the license policy. THIS JUST IN, BREAKING NEWS FROM DAWN NEWS…MOBILINK CEO WELCOMES 3G AND GOING AHEAD FOR THE BID AND WANTS TO OFFER ITS CUSTOMERS GREATER 3G SERVICES, hmmm…

    • correction needed Jamal, Mobilink is no longer owned by Orascom. Its been quite a while vimplecom have taken over.

  • Dear All,


    And I have heard that these actions has been delayed or cancelled again for political reason.

    How far this is true?

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