3G Consultants Reach Out to Media to Defend Their Hiring

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3G_AuctiondelayRob Nicholls, Martin Sims and  Dennis Ward – three consultants hired for procuring 3G auction in Pakistan – have finally written to media to explain their position on recent media reports concerning their appointment.

In an email sent to ProPakistani, all three consultants jointly said that they had simply applied for the jobs advertised on PTA website with proper interviews and eventually signed a contractual agreement to carry out the job they were asked for. They said that they have acted entirely properly in this matter and will continue to do so.

3G consultants said that were compelled to defend their reputations following recent articles in other papers about Pakistan’s 3G auction process.

It maybe recalled that Ansar Abassi of “The News” had recently reported that Member Technical and Member Finance of PTA were not taken in the loop during the hiring of 3G consultants, a requirement that is believed to be a mandatory for hiring consultants for auction of telecom licenses.

Consultants, who are foreigners and have nothing to do with internal differences at PTA, are firm that they committed to secure a fair price for the spectrum which neither undervalues a scarce public asset nor overvalues it so mobile companies have no funds to invest in new services.

Consultants said that, in their discussions with stakeholders, they have created a detailed plan to deliver these objectives and are keen to execute that plan.

3G consultants welcomed the involvement of Transparency International Pakistan to ensure that the auction is conducted properly.

Explaining the benefits of 3G, the email from 3G consultants said that economic benefits of 3G will be huge: an enormous increase in broadband penetration that will allow Pakistan to promote programs such as e-learning, e-government and e-medicine to name a few.

It further read:

It will also provide a welcome stimulus for the local software industry and massive potential efficiencies for businesses. This long-awaited modernisation of the mobile industry will put real money in the pockets of ordinary citizens all over Pakistan.

Rob Nicholls, Martin Sims and Dennis Ward said that they bring over 60 years of combined experience in advising governments around the world on telecoms issues and spectrum auctions.

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

  • While Ansar Abbasi is busy defending SC for not presenting itself to PAC, its a golden opportunity to get over this 3G auction.

  • 100% agree with the consultants as they were hired because they are fit for the job. The experience they bring with themselves in the area of auctions, government policy making and spectrum valuation is unmatched. I strongly believe they are fit for the job and will conduct the auction in such a way to bring value to both the government and the industry.
    It’s time for those in PTA and Assemblies to not make it controversial and let the people of Pakistan enjoy 3G services.

  • Consultants have nothing to do with internal politics. They should be paid according to the agreement no matter we need the work done or not. Nation is miserably failed to understand why these idiots feel pleasure in breaking the laws made by themselves. 3G can be done by pursuing the laws/rules then why to bypass them. fucking tummies don’t get filled up.

    • That’s why Only Chinese can handle the Gover MENTAL officers ! Consultants, Don’t you know MERIT is TOUGH here!

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