Majority of qualified operators of 3G / 4G auction will be offering free of cost 3G services in auction hall on the auction day on April 23rd, 2014, we have confirmed with the officials who are aware of the development.
Officials said that necessary arrangements are being made by operators to offer high-speed wireless broadband through 3G services in the auction hall.
It merits mentioning here that qualified bidders for 3G and 4G spectrum auction will bid from their offices, however, PTA will setup an auction hall in Islamabad where officials from PTA, spectrum auction committee members and media will be present to witness the historic moments.
Auction process is likely to last for at least few hours.
PTA has said that it has allowed operators to offer 3G services in the auction hall. It said that this is in fact an indication that operators will be able to offer 3G services to masses right after they will have a license through auction.
Officials of cellular companies confirmed ProPakistani that 3G services will be available to customers with-in two weeks after the auction. However, availability of service will be in phases. Major cities will get 3G with-in 2-3 months while rest of the Pakistan can expect 3G or even 4G services with-in 6-12 months of the auction.
It maybe recalled that Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong are bidding for 3G and 4G spectrum.