All Four Operators Bag 3G Spectrum, While Only Zong Took Home 4G license

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After waiting for years, and a fairly long auction day, Pakistan is all set to roll-out the 3G service after the successful auction of the 3G and 4G spectrum.

We hope you enjoyed ProPakistani’s day long minute by minute live coverage of the auction; lets summarise and review the final outcome of the auction.

All four operators participating in the auction, namely Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone, and Zong, bagged the 3G spectrum; while only Zong went on to bid and acquire the 4G spectrum.

After eight rounds of bidding, Zong and Mobilink won 10Mhz block for 3G spectrum, while Telenor and Ufone won 5Mhz blocks for 3G spectrum.

According to information revealed by PTA — during the sealed-bid phase — Ufone had submitted a bid for 15Mhz, while Telenor, Zong and Mobilink had submitted a bid for 10Mhz from 2100Mhz spectrum for 3G services.

Only Zong managed to secure 10Mhz of 4G spectrum from the 1800Mhz Band.

Even though both Ufone and Zong had shown interest in 4G spectrum; but since Ufone failed to grab the 10Mhz lot of 3G spectrum from 2100Mhz band, a mandatory requirement for acquiring 4G spectrum, Ufone was consequently held not eligible to win the 4G spectrum.

This meant that one 10Mhz of 4G spectrum went unsold. However, Chairman PTA Dr Ismail Shah was optimistic that this unsold spectrum will also be sold in the coming few months. On the other hand, Finance Minister Mr. Ishaq Dar claimed that this unsold 4G spectrum will be sold within a month.

Mr. Dar made these comments during his speech after the conclusion of the auction.

Through this successful auction of the 3G and 4G spectrum the Government of Pakistan managed to generate a total of US$ 1.182 billion. Out of which US$ 902.82 million came from 3G and US$ 210 million came from 4G spectrum.

While the 4G spectrum was sold to Zong at the base price of US$ 210 million, the collective price of the 3G spectrum was US$ 17.82 million higher than the base price of US$ 885 million.

The two 5Mhz of 3G spectrum were sold at the set base price of US$ 147.5 million. Out of the two 10Mhz blocks of 3G spectrum, the base price of which was set at US$ 295 million, one was sold for US$ 306.93 million and the other for US$ 300.9 million.

With the conclusion of the auction, now the telecom operators will compete with each other to be the first one to commercially launch 3G service in Pakistan.

Operators have been testing 3G services from sometime now and a lot of high profile parts of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, and Peshawar were experiences 3G service throughout the auction day; hence, it should not be long before we get to know the various packages each company will be offering.

We predict that 3G service will be rolled out within two weeks time.

ProPakistani would like to congratulate the PTA, MoIT, telecom operators, and all other entities involved in this process for a successful auction of the 3G and 4G spectrum. 


  • fendi

    It will be interesting to see who commercially launches 3g first.

    My one question is? Is zong network 4g ready? Are the sites ready to deliver lte?

    • Omar

      Yesterday night Ufone and Zong launch his 3G and 4G commercials.

    • Salman

      Yes Zong is ready for 4G. Some sites are 100% ready and for others hardware and software up gradations are required.

      • Asad

        I seriously doubt it, having seen Zong’s GPRS performance, I can easily predict that other networks 3G service will be better than Zong’s 4G.

        • Najam Ul Hasan

          hahahhaha :D

        • fendi

          Well…zong now have 10mhZ in 2100 band and 10 mhz in 1800 band to play with. In the coming times, zong will get the best network as they have the largest bandwidth.

          Waiting!!!

          • Ali Ahmed

            Say It All Zong, people wish or not Zong will be every one hand in future

  • Saeed

    Aamir Bhai, first of all Welldone for your yesterday coverage. I really appreciate.

    I dont think currently Zong is ready for 4G but they will start the services after a year.

    Let see how they manage this 3G in our country related to internet speed.

    • Usman Ali

      there are some rules by pta also, check those for deployment of technology and the time limit.
      they are obliged to provide the service, it also means they are ready, that is why they bid for it

  • Mustafa Millwala

    Well Done to Propakistani.pk for Auction Coverage
    1850+ Comments .. that’s true success

  • Ahmad saad

    Brilliant coverage by you guys yesterday, i have a question Mobilink has secured a 10mhz spectrum of 3G are they able to buy 4G now if they can as a 4G spectrum is available.

    • Saqib Hassan

      Considering what happened with Ufone,I think it would me much likely that Mobilink can have 4G in near future.

      • Thinker

        How about that is reserved for Warid?;)

        • Saqib Hassan

          3G Liscence is a must to get 4G. :)

          • Bilal Iqbal

            10 MHz 3G… because UFone having 5MHz 3G could not bid for 4G yesterday

          • Thinker

            Saqib you are right, but propakistani reported that Warid CEO met with PTA Chairman…..

          • Thinker

            And read today’s Tribune report regarding this issue….

  • Saqib Hassan

    Aamir good job yesterday.How come Telenor and Ufone got 5MHz block each for 3G and Zong got both blocks of 10Mhz and Mobilink 10Mhz block of 3G only.How have they contended for this specially three big operators?the difference b/w base price and sold price and the difference of 10MHz and 5Mhz sold price is also negligible.

    • Bilal Iqbal

      actually mobilink and telenor are well established companies where zong is growing and also they want to get advantage into a different area other than voice because they are facing least AROU now. Telenor did not go for 4G because they are waiting for pakistani market to be meture enough with 3G to adopt 4G… zond want to be market leader in mobile broadband as they could not survive with current situation… it is a big investment just to raise their level…

      • saqib hassan

        Actually i have a thought that Zong is fooled by 3 bigs.none of them opted for 4g.telenor ufone delibrately took 5mhz @base price,where as mobilink has to bid Somewhat marginal more than 5mhz to get 10 mhz.

        • Bilal Iqbal

          China mobile is world’s largest company and it was not only bidding.. it was a strategic decission.. what would you do if you have to invest 22 billions PKR only for license and $$$ for network prepration etc… come on dear.. think deeply

        • Bilal Iqbal

          Telenor Pakistan Telenor Pakistan did not bid for 4G as we believe the ecosystem for 4G in Pakistan is very much in its infancy and thus does not merit an investment in 4G license at this point in time… This is what telenor thinking about 4G

        • Ali Ahmed

          Do you have hereditary envy with Zong

  • Sherjeel Khan

    Really liked tomorrow’s coverage, keep it up!

    • Bilal Iqbal

      i think you meant yesterday.. instead of tomorrow… :)

  • Shah

    Very good live coverage.

    P.S. My Chrome kept telling me ProPakistani is vulerable to Heartbleed SSL bug. May be you can do something about that as well!

    • Salman Abbas

      Ergh. Should probably block port 443 at all since they don’t have a valid SSL certificate anyway.

  • sana

    excellent work done by PTA well at last what PTA said they have fullfill it and the auctions have been done in their time..

  • Haida Kay

    Anxiously waiting for the service packages :)

  • Mani

    Hats off tou you Aamir for live coverage. I was continously online to see what is going on. I hope these next generation licenses bring a new era in Pakistan. These are not substitue of food or other basic needs but still can play a positive role towards making Pakistans economy strong.

  • sulman

    [Admin Plz] Is there any Record for Most comments in a day.??

    • Bilal Iqbal

      international blogs have lot more .. but it was awsome in pakistan at all…

  • Ali

    Ufone already stared the TVC ad of 3G service,

  • ab

    Folks, to lauch a 4G it requires a complete Network swap and all 3 opcos hasn’t ready for 4G. it may be predicted that Zong installed new network by keeping in a view of 4 G.
    Point to pnder : Zong will utilize this 4G MHz smartely and first it will utilize for 3G by providing high speed data travel.

  • Tufail Ahmed

    Congratulations to Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor for getting 3G license,
    Regards,
    ZonG 4G :)

  • Syed Waqar Hussain

    Now confuse between mobilink or ufone. I think i have to wait for the decision regarding unsold 4G spectrum. Definatley not going towards ZONG for 4 or even 6G :-D

    • omer

      bhai saab, its totally different . zong started 6 years ago with only 1.5m subscriber base and poor network coverage. and see where it stands now…. coming days will even be better for zong customers….
      Else choice is yours

      • Muhammad Akbar

        zong is the fastest growing network in pakistan and now it has just received a nitro boost

        • Syed Waqar Hussain

          Fastest growth in what sense? user base or coverage? :-D

          • Ali Ahmed

            Paglang Base

      • Syed Waqar Hussain

        bro I have to travel alot, I spend my half year in remote locations of Pakistan such as Layyah, Bakkhar, Thana Bulla Khan, Kotli, Mingora and etc. I have tried every network including Zong. Even telenor corporate postpaid connection does not work on all remote locations in Pakistan. It is purely my experience :-)

        • Ali Ahmed

          Bahir Tay Ning Giya

    • Ali Ahmed

      O Tusy Ki Khawab dekhan laga

  • Eli Ehsan

    time to Join the Zong 4G bandwagon & port out of Ufone? or is it too early still?

    • Syed Waqar Hussain

      It will be too early to shift for 4G to anyother network, I suggest you to wait for another unsold license.

      • Ali Ahmed

        Khowab Changa AAAAAAAA

  • SPid3r

    i hav 2 sim;s ZOng and Ufone. Thx Chaho ZOng Network CHange nahe krna pary ga :D

  • Rashid Iqbal

    its good news now 3G technology is in pakistan and also 4G, we all are thankful for Pakistan government PTA and all the telecom companies which participate in auction and specially for zong good great work and one thing more congrats all the nation………..

  • Muhammad Akbar

    i am thinking of changing my network from telenor to zong. i will wait and see the quality of 3g services from these telecoms

    • Shahrukh

      Telenor 3G is also good 7.2 mb per sec (lahore) with out too mich users but zong have a wide coverager of 3G in Lahore

  • majid

    well done propakistnaii

  • Shah

    its good to have new tech. but what role will it play to develop or ruin the new generation is still a big question which very few will understand

  • Monster

    where is my Warid :-O ?

    • Ahmed

      I am afraid your Warid was out of money. LOL

      • Shahrukh

        Warid hv a 4G neutral licence and warid hv to go through some Paper work with PTA

        • Syed Waqar Hussain

          They have neautral license, but not enough resources to provide 4G in all over Pakistan. They can provide 4G services only to limited subscribers.

    • Muhammad Asif Raza

      Warid valay jald apnay khambay utaar k ly jaen gy :D

  • Awesome job done by propakistani. I stayed tune whole day yesterday.

  • zeeshan

    Mobilink paid US$ 300.9 million then why they didnt try for 4G

    • haris

      Many reasons … Very few people have lte cell phones of which very few of them use it as its data plan will be like sky high …

      Even 3g will be expensive roughly Rs.1200-1500

      • Bilal Iqbal

        they spent 4.3 billion $ for 3G and 4G will require much more.. so it is not about license.. it is about network over hauling…

  • Muhammad Qaisar Khan

    Hello friends
    If any one of you is in Mianwali please check whether there is 3G or not?

  • Ameer

    Warid. Where the f*** is Waird?

  • Mustafa Jamal

    Excellent live coverage of 3G/4G spectrum auction provided by you people yesterday. Thanks for your valuable coverage. Keep good work going on :)

  • Monster

    what about warid ????????? where is warid ????

    • Ahmed

      Guys, this dude is going to start crying soon I think.

      • Janu

        warid subscribers to switch over to 3G networks. let warid die its own death.

  • Who is going to shift to Zong Network?

    • Mustafa Jamal

      Wise step is to just wait n see the launch of 3G, Quality of Service and Coverage after that switch to any network.

      • Badar

        Mature people don’t switch to Zong as Zong is a third class network.

  • PeeDroid MiNi L100

    Warid Should Buy 4G!!

    • Saqib Hassan

      3G is a must to buy 4G.

    • Badar

      No I think UFone buy Warid with in couple of months and then Ufone will get 4G licence and Operate both 3G and 4G Networks. Sarkari Company Sarkari Chalain….. :-p

  • sherif

    Congratulations to you all. Very glad for this breakthrough. Hope that Mobilink (which was part of Egyptian company Orascom Telecom) will provide you with the best 3G service. Long live Pakistan and Egypt.

    • Badar

      It is to remind you that the Mobilink is not the part of Orascom telecom. Its is now the part of VimpelCom (A Russian Company)

      • sherif

        Mobilink is still owned by the Egyptian company Global Telecom (ex Orascom Telecom). Vimpelcom is owning 51% of Global.

  • Ahsan

    There were two 4g licenses announced,zong got one 4g license.will anyone tell me that what will happen for 2nd 4g license?

  • Ubaid

    Zong should start giving out 4G supported on contract/plan as most of the people cannot afford a 4g device…. This is the only way 4G would reach every NOT SO BLESSED smartphone users…

    • Ubaid

      4g supported phones*

  • Rehan

    It certainly has been an excellent experience to have ProPakistani as a primary
    source to get updates from regarding the auction yesterday. I’m delighted.

    I believe everyone including myself is interested to know more about tariff that
    I suspect will be around PKR 1,500 for 1GB of data for most of the operators.
    There will be some bundled packages available also that will mean lower cost
    per GB for resource hungry users. Still most of the people will have to keep
    their PTCL DSL thing running in parallel. (I’ve negative feedback about PTCL’s
    service by the way)

    In case you are interested;
    I’ve been reading about mobile networks in Pakistan recently specially about
    Mobilink (as that’s what I use) Mobilink is a child company of Vimpelcom
    (A Russian telecom giant). Parent company of Mobilink is 42.95% owned by
    Telenor group (that was surprising for me to know)

    I’d also like to thank ProPakistan for yesterday as you have put some real
    effort in providing us with updates. Welcome to 3G Pakistan.

    Let’s wait for LTE as I’ll only believe in it the day I’ll see ZONG starting to offer
    the service with at least some happy users.

    • Badar

      I already know that news about 42.95% shares of VimpelCom in Telenor Group.

  • shariq Saeed

    Ufone sends me a text message (post paid) that 3GB internet of 3G network in rs 600 per month

  • Rehan

    It certainly has been an excellent experience to have ProPakistani as a primary
    source to get updates from regarding the auction yesterday. I’m delighted.

    I believe everyone including myself is interested to know more about tariff that
    I suspect will be around PKR 1,500 for 1GB of data for most of the operators.
    There will be some bundled packages available also that will mean lower cost
    per GB for resource hungry users. Still most of the people will have to keep
    their PTCL DSL thing running in parallel. (I’ve negative feedback about PTCL’s
    service by the way)

    In case you are interested;

    I’ve been reading about mobile networks in Pakistan recently specially about
    Mobilink (as that’s what I use) Mobilink is a child company of Vimpelcom
    (A Russian telecom giant). Parent company of Mobilink is 42.95% owned by
    Telenor group (that was surprising for me)

    I’d also like to thank you ProPakistan for yesterday as you have put some real
    effort in providing us with updates. Welcome to 3G Pakistan.

    Let’s wait for LTE as I’ll only believe in it the day I’ll see ZONG starting to
    offer the service with at least some happy users.

  • Can anyone tell which 10 Mhz Block Zong bought and which one is bought by Mobilink. ast hey are sold at 306.93 and 300.9 million U$ respectively?

  • Naseer Ahmad

    if they plan to sale unsold 4g, they must also have to introduce one 10mhz 3g tie up with 4g because it is necessary to have 3g with 10mhz lot to bid for 4g, Mobilink has won 10mhz but it is not interested in 4g and zong already have 4g. ufone would be interested but ufone don’t have 10mhz lot which is necessary for 4g, they must tie a 3g 10 MHz with 4g for auction. it is a big chance for warid to come in competition again.

  • Mohsin

    Can any one tell the 3g and 4g bands for each provider? As this will make an impact on which mobile phone supports which band?

  • Jony Rao

    I am experiencing 3g hsdpa and hspa+ from jazz in multan from the day of auction and i am quite happy with the speed….its almost 7 mbps on hspa+ and downloading speed is 1.5 mbps… :)

  • ali

    3g sevice per month kitny rupees lay ge ager 300 per month o taab e use o ge

  • Anas

    I have an inspire 4g. It supports 3G+ (not 3G) as it has 1900MHz antenna. Will it support 4g? Because its 1800Mhz lesser than 1900Mhz. Anyone have any idea?

  • papu

    hira mandi