CEOs of Telecom Companies Meet PM, Fair 3G Auction Promised

House_of_the_Prime_Minister_of_Pakistan_in_IslamabadThe Heads and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the PTCL, Zong, Warid, Telenor and Mobilink called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at the PM’s House yesterday.

They apprised him that the telecom sector was contributing about Rs. 110 billion in the national exchequer as tax and was providing jobs opportunities to millions of young Pakistanis directly and indirectly, said a statement issued by PM House.

CEOs informed the Prime Minister that the total foreign investment in the telecom sector was $10 billion.

The Prime Minister said that government would ensure fair competition in the auction of 3G spectrum technology in a transparent manner.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Finance and Federal Board of Revenue to hold meetings with Telecom Companies and rationalize the tax regime keeping in view the interests of the industry and the consumers at the same time.

The Prime Minister directed the relevant authorities to address the security concerns of the telecom companies, which were undertaking the expansion programmes in various regions of the country. It was agreed that telecom companies would raise a professionally equipped specialized security force to protect the telecom operators and the installations. The Ministry of Interior will facilitate the import of scanners and other related equipment for this purpose.

Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance, assured the Telecom Companies that a mutually acceptable formula would be worked out keeping in view the commercial considerations of the industry as well as the imperatives of the telecom market in a competitive environment.

In response to the demand for grant of status of industry to the telecom sector, it was agreed that IT Ministry would hold consultations with the CEOs of telecom companies and other stakeholders to address the issue.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Interior Senator A Rehman Malik, Secretaries of Interior and IT, Chairman PTA, CEOs of PTCL, Mobililink, Zong, Ufone, Telenor, and Warid and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

  • virus

    Don’t get me too negative on this but i sure he called them to ask for his percentage in the auction.
    And that is why the Govt is deliberately delaying it.

    what a shame.

    • yasir

      it seems to be true.

    • Imran

      totally agree

    • Ahmad

      101% True.

  • yasir

    is this whole process any use to the employees ?

    at least ptcl employees especially the engineers will be still kept deprived of the benefit to the company because the HR of ptcl is the most notorious under Etisalat which is the worst employers so far.

    so all this activity is of no use to the actual people of he company.

    • SarwarT

      PTCL is a public company and the same as any other telecom company.

      I would like to sympathise with PTCL employees but im sorry ptcl employees as the same to me as wateen or worldcall employees. So please save thia crying for someone else. PTCL monopoly days are over. InshAllah PTCL and its monopolistic practices will also be over soon.

      May Allah PTCL employeea be absorbed by other companies.

  • yeph. its true but I don’t know why Govt. is delaying this issue. I think its need of hour and concerned quarter need to resolve this issue once for all.

  • Asad

    Ufone to give totally free 3G service to Pakistan. Baki sb band……

  • moosa

    vodafone ko mil chuka hai govt announce nai kaarai .