In accordance with the timelines mentioned in Information Memorandum (IM) for the Spectrum Auction of Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan, PTA has announced the names of the qualified bidders for the auction to be held on April 23, 2014.
PTA has received bids from four existing Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) on April 14, 2014 for 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz Spectrum.
After scrutiny of submitted bids all four operators China Mobile(Zong), Mobilink, PTML (Ufone) and Telenor Pakistan have qualified for the bidding.
PTA, however, didn’t disclose the amount and types of of bids that were submitted by the operators.
PTA, in a communication with ProPakistani, said that it will keep the bid types and amounts secret till the results. Authority said that design of the auction prohibits even the operators to know the identity of other operators and their bid types.
PTA will now forward “Bidders’ packages” containing confidential information and instructions to participate in the mock auction and auction to qualified applicants tomorrow.
There’s a mock auction for qualified bidders planned on April 21st, 2014, in which all qualified operators will undergo a simulated auction to understand the auction process and bidding procedures.
Final auction is set for April 23rd, 2014.
Keep watching this space to get latest updates on the spectrum auction for 3G and 4G technologies.