PTA Plans to Hold an Electronic Auction


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) plans to hold an electronic auction of the 3G and 4G licenses.

Speaking to a local English newspaper, a PTA official stated, “The electronic auction will discourage collusion and ensure transparency.” He further added that the identity of the bidders will not be revealed and telecom operators will be awarded colours or codes to place in their bids.

Electronic bidding is the global standard for auctioning, India too used the same electronic auctioning method to distribute their 3G license.

Bangladesh on the other hand opted to go for the traditional outcry bidding method for the auction and distribution of 3G license.

The Telecom operators have until the 14th April to submit their bid proposal after which the PTA will hold a mock auction session. This will be done to ensure that the actual auction goes smoothly and transparently.

Telecom operators have already started testing 3G service and some lucky employees and even customers have experienced high speed mobile internet on their phones.

The 3G and 4G auction is all set to be held on the 23rd of April 2014.

  • Wanderer

    Do we need special SIM cards to enjoy 3G?
    Will my existing ufone SIM card work for 3G?

    • Rizwan Yaqoob

      Your existing SIM card will work.

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Let’s Dance MuthaF*ker (Mr. Chow Voice “The Hangover”).

  • abduls

    Folks, your existing SIM card will work on 3G providing service is provisioned to your account

  • Rizwan Yaqoob

    I hope PTA and other responsible sectors to ensure transparency in auctioning. Further, it will be a plus point for current government to add their name tag for introducing next generation services in Pakistan.

    • so nawaz sharif in the next elections campaign will be heard yelling that ” ham ny is mulk ko 3G/4G power banaya,ab ham 5G layengy “

      • Rizwan Yaqoob

        Instead being political, try to appreciate a good cause. My words will remain same if in future PTI holds federal seat and bring anything new rather than claiming ‘Susunami’ or dharnas. PERIOD

        • look who is talking. who is being political. YOU SIR!! . getting latest technology is our right. why would govt get a name tag for it.

    • Muhammad Khan

      it will be a transparent auction insha ALLAH.

    • Muhammad Khan

      It will be a transparent auction Insha ALLAH.

  • JunaisQamar

    Please tell us one date that when will 3g network will be used in our phone.Auction to pata ni kab sa ho rahe ha??

    • Tanveer Ali

      auction will be held on 23rd April and we all will be using 3G in few weeks after the date of auction.

    • Mahnoor Kamal

      It took 3 to 6 months…

  • Umar Afzaal

    This is a very good step by PTA.Please promote this bold step taken by PTA.we need 3G and 4 G.
    3g and 4 G revolutions in IT.
    3G and 4 G advantages are marvelous.
    in 3 G
    video surveillance, Global roaming ,Mobile TV, .high quality Sound,800 KB/Sec data.
    in 4 G
    HIGH Quality games,Video on Demand,Mobile Video,1 Giga bit/sec data rate
    Mobile Video Conference,Remote Control of house hold appliance using a mobile device.

    • rimsha khan

      ya Umar u r rit…..Technology enhancement is the part and parcel of countries progress…PTA deserves admiration by providing the same to the people.

    • Mahnoor Kamal

      Not only PTA, PML (N) also plays major role in launch of 3G/4G

  • Jawad

    Welldone PTA and its team

  • Munir Hussain

    PTA to hold ‘mock’ 3G auction Reported by The News.

    PTA is doing every thing transparent which is good the Economy of Pakistan .
    It is great achievement by PML(N) Government .

  • sana

    we should be happy and we should welcome that 3g and 4g both are coming in pakistan..