Recently hired consultants for procuring next generation telecom licenses have landed in Pakistan to start working on the Information Memorandum for next generation spectrum auction, sources tell ProPakistani.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority recently selected “Value Partners Management Consulting Limited” for the procurement of next generation spectrum auction. The selection was finalized after rigorous evaluation of financial and technical bids from seven consultancy firms.
Highly placed sources tell ProPakistani that consultants are now in Islamabad who signed the agreement with PTA before commencing the task.
Consultants will go ahead with the preparation of Information Memorandum for next generation licenses.
This document will detail all kinds of information relating to license auction, such as prerequisites, requirements, criteria for operators to participate, base price of license, terms, conditions etc..
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had prepared a similar document before, based on which auction was to be held on March 29th, 2012. However, things didn’t go as per plans because of non-appointment of consultants, which – according to PPRA Rules — is mandatory for any public sector auctions.
PTA, this time, is making sure that schedule for auctioning 3G/4G licenses is met, while on the other hands it is taking good care of all necessary and mandatory things.
We have heard that PTA has asked consultants to prepare IM from scratch. It is likely that the newly drafted Information Memorandum for next generation spectrum auction will surface around mid of January 2014.
Pakistan is planning to auction 3G/4G licenses by the end of February 2014.