Petition Filed in SC for Urgent Auction of 3G Licenses in Pakistan

3G_Auctiondelay1A petition for earliest auction of third-generation telecom licenses (3G, 4G, LTE) has been accepted by Supreme Court of Pakistan for hearing.

A three member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising on other two judges Mr. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the petition filed by Mr. Khurram Shahzad.

Petitioner has made Federation of Pakistan through Secretary of Information Technology, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Frequency Allocation Board and Universal Service Fund through its CEO the parties of the case.

Petitioner prayed that country needs modernization and fine telecommunication services, for which auction of third-gen telecom licenses is delayed for uncomprehend-able reasons.

The petitioner further prayed for early completion of the process of appointment of the three members of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (two members and a Chairman) on urgent basis rendering the authority functional and to issue directions to respondents to undertake and complete the auction of the 3G spectrum and licenses on urgent basis.

Hearing the case the Bench issued notices to respondents for filing para-wise comments within 10 days and issued notice to Attorney General for Pakistan.

  • They will be taxing the 3G services heavily, just you wait.

    I have a bad feeling about this.

  • We might see 3G connectivity soon. But expect bandwidth cap on it as well. I will not be surprised if we have a bandwidth cap of 5GB on a Rs. 1500 package.

    The bigger picture is that after we have have 3G connectivity all over Pakistan, the internet Broadband companies will be bound to improve their coverage, QOS and also lower subscription charges.

  • In a country where wireless broadband (Wimax) is cheaper than 2G/3G/4G service data packages, its hard to imagine 3G/4G will grow….

    • No, wiamax has been a big fail (a big question mark) in Pakistan. We should move forward, like other countries , we are still late, even Afganistan has got 3G tech.

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