Transparency International to Observe 3G Auction to Ensure Transparency

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3G-AuctionPakistan Telecommunication Authority has signed an integrity pact with Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) to ensure transparency in the auction of 3G Spectrum licences in upcoming months.

MoU was signed by Chairman PTA Mr. Farooq Awan and Chairman Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) Mr. Sohail Mazhar, while Federal Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh was also present at the occasion.

TIP will observe the entire 3G auction process to make sure that bidding remains transparent and corruption free.

PTA, cellular companies, industry and other stakeholders are contented with the development.

Consultants hired for 3G, in an email to ProPakistani, also welcomed the involvement of Transparency International Pakistan to ensure that the auction is conducted properly.

Mainstream media and opposition, with usually limited understanding on technology, had concerns regarding the 3G auction and had fears that corruption could engulf 3G bidding. Pakistan is long trying to sell 3G licenses, which are hurdled over period of time for various reasons.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is currently aiming to auction 3G licenses in March 2013, a time when government’s agreement with Etisalat under privatization of PTCL (for not selling any telecom licenses for seven years) is set to expire.


  • Gulab Shah

    lets say thank god for now

  • Earlier it was stated that auction will held in mid January (2013) but now again date is renewed to March 2013 – #LakhLanatPTA

    Only, what we can do is ‘WAIT’ :S

  • ager auction march 2013 men hona hai jab etisalat k sath hua contract khatam hoga to is bat se ye cheez wazeh ho gai ke hakoomat jan boojh ke auction delay ker rahi thi ta ke etisalat wala contract khatam ho jae aur new operators ko market me laya jae

  • I hate this, investors say itna laad bhi sahi nahi.

    > government’s agreement with Etisalat under privatization of PTCL (for not selling any telecom licenses for seven years) is set to expire.

    We could have new landline company :(

  • Hell with 3G, 4G auction should b held now

    • Have you ever experienced 3G, talking about 4G :S
      or do you have a 4G supported handset?

      • anas

        her name describe her comment she dont know what 4g is just she heard 4g from her abroad cuzens

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  • Should be aiming for 4G not outdated 3G technology. Even some African countries have 4G. Even Air tel India launched 4G in India. I believe also Bangladesh has 4G.