3G Likely to Get Further Delayed As PTA Fails to Finalize Consultant

3G_AuctiondelayAuction of 3G license, that is long pending on cards, is likely to get delayed again as Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has failed to finalize the hiring of a consultant for carrying out 3G auction, told us a source close to the situation.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had advertised for the need of a consultant, of an international repute, for procurement of 3G license auction in Pakistan.

A highly reliable source, who has direct information on the matter, told ProPakistani that PTA failed to finalize the consultant as all three firms that had submitted their bids were disqualified on various grounds.

Reportedly, one firm failed to submit the processing fee and was hence disqualified. Another firm was from India and was disqualified for security reasons. Third company, which had successfully met the technical requirements failed to impress the authority with its financial feasibility. If source is to be believed then this third firm, which was from Great Britain, had asked for commissions based on slabs in accordance with total selling price of three 3G licenses.

All these details were disclosed during a high-level meeting recently that was presided by Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh.

A source who had attended the meeting confirmed ProPakistani that PTA Chairman told the meeting that selection of consultant went unsuccessful and now authority, if allowed, can hand-pick the consultant firm to procure the 3G auction process. For this regulator might seek ITU’s help in getting a consultant firm.

Another source said that PTA might start over the process of hiring of consultant from scratch. Advertisements will be published in international newspapers for the third time for the purpose.

Hiring of consultant, which is mandatory as per PPRA rules for auction of any government resource/service, has become a deadlock for the authority. It merits mentioning here that this was the second time that PTA had advertised for the hiring of a consultant firm for 3G license auction, which went unsuccessful.

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


  • Muhammad Ahmed

    PTA = 2012’s best failure ever

    • rite . . . .

    • Muhammad Adnan

      u r absolutely right

    • Zareen Khan

      i agree with you dear.you are right.

  • Faisal Raza

    I can just pray that when I will have my children they will have 3G facility available in Pakistan after 10 years

  • PTA services are bad, no its worst!

  • اظہر علی

    hahaha Hun aram e?

  • Hassan00107

    chu*** PTA

  • Copper

    Blessing in disguise, few months more and the corrupt government of PPP is gone

    • and whats coming??? every new GOVT is worse than previous one.

  • jawad zaib

    i think its a good thing that auction is not going to happen in this corrupt govt we shall wait a few months, may be the next govt could make it happen smoothly…

  • Ahmad!

    Jazz offer 1 mb gprs for Re.1 thats means 50gb for Rs.51200 thats a great joke.
    If Paki mobile network provider gave us 3g its mean we hve to pay them double like Rs.100’000 for 50gb
    lakh di lanat

    • Jaiser Abbas

      hahaha Exactly lolx :D

  • Muhammad Adnan

    they should bit for 4g now , no need to go for old tech, come on PTA, they all r there to make money , nothing else

  • PTA ko refresh kr ne ki zaroorat hai.

  • Hand pick wo jo sasti se 3G price rakhay?

    PTA performance was much better few years ago warna aaj bhi 31Rs per minute ke call ker rahay hotay sirf aik operator kay sath.

  • Ar Khan

    hahahahahahahaha… Welldone pta im proud of you,
    wasy sirf pta ko nahe pory mulk ko refresh karny ki zaroorat hy kachra bht ho gya hy…

  • Rashid

    When these telcos claim they shall bid for 3g license, i laugh hard. A bunch of lowballers.