Pakistan Telecommunication Authority will be done with the preparation of Information Memorandum for 3G/4G spectrum auction by second week of February 2014, sources familiar with the development confirmed ProPakistani.
For those who don’t know, Information Memorandum or IM for 3G will be a detailed document with all the information required for mobile phone operators for participation in next generation spectrum auction.
Spectrum pricing, criteria for participation in auction, any limitations, prerequisites, modalities and all other relating information will be added in the IM before making it public.
Auction of third generation telecom licenses is planned around March 2014, as mentioned by Anusha Rehman, Minister State for Telecom and IT, as well.
During the while, 3G Consultants have already consulted all stakeholders to note their opinion, sources told ProPakistani. All kind of efforts are being made to make sure that nothing unplanned or unpleasant happens before, during or after the auction.
Sources said that industry’s concerns about keeping the base price low is being evaluated, but it can’t be ZERO and it has to be something greater than ZERO, said a high-level official while speaking with ProPakistani.
In a related news, PTA has developed a dedicated section for Spectrum Auction to keep all stakeholders informed about different stages of auction process.
This newly revealed section can be accessed through PTA official web-site www.pta.gov.pk.
Spectrum Auction section of PTA website has contents regarding progress on spectrum auction. This step has been taken in view of providing latest online information to those internet users, who want to know about new developments regarding upcoming auction.
They can access latest online information regarding activities, decisions, policies, on upcoming spectrum auction through a simple click.
The website also carries messages of IT Minister for State Ms.Anusha Rahman and Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Dr.Syed Ismail Shah.