Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to sell Local Loop licenses to interested buyers, we have confirmed with sources.
Issuance of of LL or Local Loop licenses will be carried out under telecom deregulation policy of 2003.
PTA has said that it will start processing the pending application for LL licenses, while new interested players can also submit new applications for acquiring new LL licenses.
For those who aren’t familiar, an LL Licence authorizes the license holder to construct local network facilities in licensed Region and to provide basic public telephone access and other telecommunication services in that Region.
Pakistan is divided into 14 telecom regions and a LL license for each region is issued separately at a fixed cost of US 10,000 dollars.
Operators with LL licenses can offer end-to-end telephony and other telecom services (such as broadband) with-in a telecom region through any possible wired-communication medium (fibre/ copper).
There are currently 17 LL license holding operators in various telecom regions of Pakistan, 13 out of total 17 are operational while others are yet to commence commercial operations.