3G / 4G Auction to Begin Tomorrow at 10:00 AM


The final round of spectrum auction for 3G and 4G technologies is all set to commence tomorrow, April 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 AM, that’s just hours away from now.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is all prepared to conduct the auction after it exercised full-fledge mock auction yesterday. PTA officials told ProPakistani that all qualified cellular operators participated in the mock auction to understand the procedures and rules associated with the auction process.

Authority said that with mock-auction completed, all operators will now enter into the final round of auction where they will bid for their desired spectrum.

PTA hasn’t revealed any information regarding the type (3G or 4G) and amount of spectrum that operators will bid for. However, we know that a total of 30Mhz in 2100Mhz band while 20Mhz in 1800Mhz band will be auctioned in lots.

While all participating operators, namely Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor and Zong, will take part in bid from their head-offices through internet, an auction hall is being setup in Islamabad where PTA officials, members of auction committee and media will be present to witness the auction.

Bids are likely to start with the base price. Each bid will be expire after 45 minutes before which operators will be allowed to bid higher to become standard highest bidder.

At the end of auction, the standard higher bidder will be granted the spectrum and a license to offer next-generation licenses.

Auction may continue for several hours – if not days – till we get the final winners.

Yes, ProPakistani will bring you live minute-to-minute updates from the auction hall. Be here by 10:30 AM tomorrow.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Tanveer

    I have news that auction has been challenged in court.

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      But the court have not given the stay, so auction will happen on time

  • Sajjad Khan

    They are just barking… InshaAllah the auction process will be complete
    Fair as per Schedule

  • Sajjad Khan

    Be here by 10:30 AM tomorrow… We always be there Aaamir Bro

  • Riaz Shamim

    Yes, ProPakistani will bring you live minute-to-minute updates from the auction hall. Be here by 10:30 AM tomorrow. THATS THE BIG THING.

  • JahanZaib Yousaf

    Great News ProPakistani
    All Set to go I guess….

  • Midz

    My Prediction:

    4G: Telenor / Zong

    3G: Ufone / Mobilink

    Fingers Crossed :)

    Hopefully all will be done before Lunch at Islamabad Marriott Hotel :)

    • Zain Ashfaq

      You have to buy a 3 g license for 4g….Not possible

      • Midz

        Its my prediction .. Will see either it will be proved right or wrong :)


      I’m absolutely agree with you

  • Laraib


  • Khurram ShahzAd

    @propakistani: A live stream would be much better than minute by minute update.

    • Muhammad Qaisar Khan

      ha ha :)

    • Omar

      Totally agree with Khurram ShahzAd

    • aamir7

      Live stream would be there. But since bidders won’t be present in the hall that will become meaningless. Updates will be brought to you in any case.

      • Ali Raza

        What you would be using for live updates? Live Blogging plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/live-blogging/) OR Coveritlive (http://www.coveritlive.com/) ? I recommend using Coveritlive, Used by many pros to cover live events and have user interaction as well. and Yes, I would be here at 10:30AM tomorrow :-) Waited for this day since last 4 years.

      • Alamdar Raza

        Aamir bhai, kindly explain something… Does a country’s telecommunication board have to get a spectrum license from an organization, like a world frequency allocation board or something, to sell them to operators through an auction, or do they have just spare spectrum lying around which they can sell anytime?… Just curious, since the pta could have sold more spectrum in the 2100 mhz band.

        • aamir7

          Spectrum is the asset of the government. They don’t need permission from anybody. If they aren’t selling it now, then they are probably saving it for future time.

          • Alamdar Raza

            Then why not sell four bands of 3g spectrum? Everybody gets an equal piece, more competition, less prices… And most important of all, more revenue for the government.

            • aamir7

              There are countless things involved.

            • Khurram ShahzAd

              Then there would be no point of auction, there are four most probable candidates right now, if they all now know they are gonna get spectrum, then no one is going to try bidding higher than other. Remaining operator can get license 18 month later, no issue. Let the gov make money man :-)

              • Shahid Saleem

                With 3 licenses or 2 licenses, they could make more money because there would still be 4 candidates who want 3G. Right now all the candidates have to bid the minimum to get what they want, it seems.

  • sarmad

    Aamir bahi i think a seperate post with live Updates :) Would be Great

  • Muhammad Qaisar Khan

    Thanks Propakistani
    I daily visit this web for 3G/4G updates and i will also visit in tomorrow for further news and updates.

  • aamir7

    Yup, Separate post, live blog, everything is planned.

    • Ahmed Habib

      Ha, Aamir bro more excited than everyone. :-)

      • aamir7


        • Bilal Iqbal

          It seems Amir is more interested in 3G/4G than his marriage… :P

  • Where is WARID? :(

    • Laraib

      they are in the audience

    • tungi

      they will buck up the other companies!more like cheer leaders

  • Saeed

    Aamir Bhai – we will be here tomorrow – InshaAllah !

    Kindly increase the server CPU, RAM and BW as tomorrow we will suck all your resources :)

    • Ali Raza

      Hahaha! thats funny :-D Better would be to host the website at Amazon EC2 or Google cloud :-D

    • aamir7

      I am prepared.

  • omer farooq

    how much time it will take to be operational after 3g/4g auction

    • Mahnoor Kamal

      It will took 2 to 3 months in major cites and 6 to 9 months in other areas across Pakistan.

      • Ahmed Habib

        BTw they can offer immediately as well but may want to set plans :-)

  • Ali Asghar

    Remember Telcos will provide free of charge 3g services in auction hall, so Mr.Aamir will also get the taste if he’ll be present directly in that hall :D

  • “Yes, ProPakistani will bring you live minute-to-minute updates from the auction hall. Be here by 10:30 AM tomorrow.” Love you @propk I was scrolling hard to see this sentence and finally found at the end:D

  • Faisal

    I have waited for this very long but have any body read the story “New Constitution”.

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Nacho BC Nacho

  • DJ

    As we all know auction is just few hours away I think Propakistani should start a poll until auction time. poll should ask for the final license winners ( I know this survey was already conducted but in that survey Warid and New entrants were included but if you conduct new survey there will be only 4 operators)

    • Riaz

      Very nice idea.

  • rimsha khan

    wao. Atlast the moment has come….thx to the Telecom sector…

  • sharukh

    Hi everyone i am ine of the employee of Telenor 3G sector as u people talking about when u should able to get 3G in your Phones so listen me it will not take more than 1 month because as a member of 3G sector team in Lahore i m Using 3G on My smartphone from last 1 Month as PTA given us A trial License. I encountered The Maximum speed of 7.5 Mb/S(download) and 2.4 mb/s(Upload) in Main market Gulberg telenor Tried it best To provide high quality 3G in Commercial Areas like Liberty market, main market etc. Areas like canal bank road, Shajamal, Etc are going to get 3.5-3.0 Mb/S download speed. And remote areas like DHA phase 8 and Inner City lahore able to get 1-1.5 Mb/S spees bcz of some reasons. I also sends some speed test of main market to FB page of pro Pakistani. Inshallah You Guyz gonna get amazing service of 3G from telenor after Ufone.

    • DJ

      Aisi Batye sab ko nai batatye chanda :) competition bi dekh raha hota hia Propakistani :)
      2ndly abhi jo speed k mazye app lay rahye hian, due to limited users jab Sari koom subscribe karye gi special like gulberg in Lahore Choke ho jaye gi speed yahi tu Rola ho jana hia when such sites will be choked due to maximum number of subscribers lets see how all license holders will deal with such issues. we have current example of PTC EVO in some areas u will get best speed and in some areas like gulberg you will get slow speeds.

    • Ali Raza

      Are you covering Bahria Town Lahore?

      • sharukh

        In Izmir i checked the speed 3.3 mb download dont knw about bahria but From mall toad to till Izmir canal bank toad i checked it.

    • poonam

      pya yehi poore pakistan mein launch kare na hum se ab intzar nahi our abhi be telenor sirf major city mein 3g de ge na?

    • NSN

      Very poor speed as no one using it.

    • EPK

      what do you mean by after ufone? can you please elobrate these words please ?

  • Spid3r

    hay 4 saal ho gay is Auction da wait kardy Hun Kal Kity Jung na Lagg jay.

  • Shahmeer

    Whereis the auction hall

  • Yasir Ghouri

    I hope tomorrow will be a better day for the nation, the telecom sector and the subscribers. We were desperately waiting for this day and we hope that things gonna conclude smoothly.

    my prediction for 3G/4G:

    4G : Mobilink + Zong
    3G : Telenor + Ufone

  • Mubashar Saleem

    @ammir Can you live stream the auction. Or if there is any source of live stream, please suggest.

  • Azi

    Sab kitny khush hain na :)

    • Muhammad Usman

      hahaha deko kal kia banta hai :p

    • Yup! Seems as if its Eid Day ahead!

  • Mustafa

    I hope Mobilink and Zong will get 4G and Ufone and Telenor will get 3G . :)

    • Muhammad Usman

      i think so 3G warid and telenor and 4g zong and ufone

      • Mustafa

        Warid?? Warid is not part of this.

  • Muhammad Usman

    Waiting for tomorrow :p :p

  • Bilal Iqbal

    tmam ahl e watan ko ittela di jati hy k 3G/4G ka chand nazar agya hay.. kal Auction hogi…. :P

  • Ammar Haider

    I love proPakistani very much for news :)

    • Aslam

      It’s a great day coming in about half an hour wen we’ll having a jump of 1.8 GDP inatantly… Question arising in ma mind is that y news channels are silent on it while trying to make a point out of couple of bullets in a waste flesh… @khi few days back.

  • c00c

    who shall give bandwidth to these 3/4 g providers? Is it going to be the same damned, eunuch, sheeet, skunk monopoly called PeeTCL?


    Warid has not applied for license.

  • tungi

    3g ka chand nazar a gaya hai,,tumam kaum ko 3g mubarik!

  • Arslan

    So today is the day and i guess
    Mobilink & Zong will go for 3g and 4g
    Telenor and ufone for only 3g….

    Lets see……
    Waiting for auction……..

    • Arslan

      19:52 Updated : 19:55 by ProPakistani

      We have confirmation that Zong and Mobilink have won 10Mhz, while Telenor and Ufone have won 5Mhz blocks for 3G spectrum.

      However, this isn’t official yet.

      As i already guess

  • Rizwan

    can any body guide me about the band as 1800 Mhz is used in 2G technology then why it is being auctioning in 3G? Thanks.

  • sana

    good job by PTA we all are proud from you..

  • Rashid Iqbal

    A successful auction well done Pakistan Government and PTA and great contribution of telecos companies and congrats Pakistan government