SC Directs for Uninterrupted 3G License Bidding Process


The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the process of auctioning 3G and 4G spectrum licenses should continue uninterrupted.

The three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja resumed the hearing of a petition filed by Khurram Shehzad Chughtai, an information technology expert, who had sought a court order for the government to complete the process of auctioning 3G spectrum licenses on an urgent basis and in a transparent manner, and to ensure early availability of the services.

The court reiterated that 3G and 4G auctions would take place on April 23 and ordered that the revenue generated from the auction would be held in the Federal Consolidated Fund till the decision on to who the same should be transferred.

During the course of proceedings, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) Chairman Ismail Shah apprised the court that four cellular companies had expressed interest in the auction and submitted a 15 per cent bid bond which had been deposited in the PTA account.

Attorney General for Pakistan Sulman Aslam Butt informed the court that as per Article 70-A of the Constitution revenue generated through such bidding process belonged to the Federation and must be deposited in the Federal Consolidated Fund.

Later the bench adjourned the hearing till third week of May while directing to the government to speed up the process of bidding.

  • rimsha khan

    Great news for Telecom sector stakeholders. it will open new arenas of development.Win-Win satiation for both government and Telecom companies…..PTA deserves admiration….

    • Abbas

      welcome to the 3g family

    • Subhan Tariq

      Warid is not coming up how is this great news -_-

      • Abbas

        subhan warid will come later with etisalaat

        • Kiani

          Baat ho gai hai apki?

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Any idea, how many years Warid will take to get 3G or 4G?

  • sana

    good news for people of pakistan that 3g and 4g is launching together and its a positive sign know we will also compete in telecommunication sector with our neighbour countries

    • Abbas

      Welcome to the 3G and 4G family. congrats to all Pakistanis

  • sana

    yes congrtsssssss….

    • Abbas

      Zong and Mobilink to get 3g and 4g. ufone and telenor only gets 3G … official news

    • Abbas

      This is the result just announced by PTA of 14th april bidding. final bidding will be on 23 rd april

      • Munna

        Hi Abbas, plz share the source of your news?? Thanks..

        • abbas

          Read the news blog

  • Rashid Iqbal

    that the great effort of PTA and Pakistan Government i see in previous blogs the “bids dismal disappoint” all the news are the game of all these companies but auction is on 23 all we see and watch now the total game depend on the spectrum band of comapny has 10mhz from 2100mhz or 5mhz from 2100mhz why we all disappointed from the bids see it will rise to $2b

  • Ghazanfar

    When 3G will be available in kashmir

    • Alamdar Raza

      All over Pakistan except AJK and Gilgit Baltistan in first phase… launching these services in Kashmir area will take some time :(

  • sana

    wow a good news 3g is coming so happy to heard about it….give a welcome to 3g..

    • Abbas

      long wait comes to an end

  • Eli Ehsan

    this 3G melancholy continues…..

  • Sadam Waqas Khan

    Salute to Supreme Court

  • Mahnoor Kamal

    SC keep your pressure on them & they will work…

  • Bilal

    good cooperation by the Mobile Telecoms in collaboration with PTA and Minister of IT so it will enhance the growth both in empowerment and economic growth

  • Jamshed Khan

    The reports from reuters is totally baseless.. even on base price, 3/4G will fetch more than 1.3B US$