Telenor Submits its First Instalment of 3G License Fee


Telenor Pakistan yesterday paid its first instalment for 5Mhz of 3G spectrum it had won, to become first operator to have paid the license fee.

Picture shows (L to R) Tariq Sultan, Member Finance, PTA, Muhammad Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Telenor Pakistan and Abdul Mobeen, Director Regulatory and Interconnect, Telenor Pakistan.

Telenor had won 5Mhz for deployment of 3G services in Pakistan against US 147.5 million dollars. As allowed by PTA, Telenor opted to pay 50 percent of the fee as up front, while rest of the money will be paid in five years with interest.

Zong and Mobilink are reportedly going to pay their full license fee instead of paying the money in installmenet, since their payments are huge and will involve higher interest values.

PTA is likely to hold a license award ceremony – after operators deposit their license fee – where licenses will be awarded to all 3G and 4G spectrum winners.

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

  • Bilal

    do you guy happen to know how much interest telenor will be paying every year?

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  • Ashraf

    When rest of operators will make upfront payment??? I think they are taking longer

    • Muhammad Aamir

      It will not take a long time. I hope till the next month all the payment will be successfully completed. Every cellular operator wants to launch 3G and 4G soon, because they need money as much as they can. They cannot wait, you know Ufone has been running their ads in the TV channel.

      • Ashraf

        the license cost is much more than the tv commercial.
        There are 30 days in one month, so i believed that they will make the payment in last days of next month between. 21-24 may

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Perhaps I am wrong! I am not sure about it. But I hope they will do this same process soon.

  • maybelinker

    mobilink is in network swap so they will roll out 3G with delay

    • Badar

      What you mean by network swap?

      • larka

        network swap means they are in process of deploying new network to get ready for 3G so they will take time to launch 3G

  • Nabeel

    Can anyone tell is fee se kitne percent politicians ki pocket main jaye ga ?

    • Muhammad Aamir

      The money, which is made through auction, is all our Pakistan’s people. They should spend the money to fulfil the requirements of load shedding or any other useful infrastructure.

      • Naveed

        Technology is one of the important things too :) . It was really a shame that Afghanistan had 3G before us .. so appreciate what is going on rather just criticizing it.. I know we need to work on Load Shedding too but 3G is not bad too :P

        • Muhammad Aamir

          We Know too..!! It is not a problem too!! I am not claiming that 3G is bad too..!! :D

  • Harry

    hell0 aamir bhai .. kya warid apna mobile internet behtr bna rha hy ? koi asi news hai kya ? May mey kch launch kr rha hy kya warid ? Plz reply

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Yeah Nabeel! Warid is going to launch 4G LTE in the next few month, without getting any licence.

      • Harry

        really man ? w0w !!

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Yes!! Search in Google “Behind the scenes: Warid Telecom likely to jump into 4G – The Express Tribune”

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Some people are receiving this message today!

  • Midz

    Warid’s message :P

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Masterpiece..!! In which you are living?

      • Midz

        Karachi :)

        Right Now im using 3G on Mobilink as well on my other phone with speed of 4.5 Mbps :D

        • Muhammad Aamir

          I am glad to know about it. Good Luck!

        • larka

          Midz why are you lying. Mobilink didnt open 3G in karachi not even for its own employees.

    • Haida Kay

      4G 4G 4G :-)

    • Naveed

      I am on Warid and I am waiting for their annoucement desperately .. otherwise I am ready to shift to Mobilink :)

    • Naveed

      i didnt get any msg from warid

  • Naveed

    Wow what a speed #Telenor is offering in Blue Area Islamabad :( Really disappointment..

    • Muhammad Aamir

      How much speed you are getting brother?

      • Naveed

        LOL you can see it on the screenshot above..

        Download : 0.16Mbps
        Upload : 1.34Mbps
        Ping : 251ms

        I guess the signals are not so strong here

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Sometimes, screenshot does not work at the time of upload.Thanks

          • asad

            It Means 160 Kb/s Download
            and 1334 Kb/s Upload

            • Muhammad Aamir

              LOL! No! It means 16KB/s Download and 134 KB/s Upload!

      • XPP

        That’s the main difference of using 5 Mhz…. Mobilink and zong customers wont face these issues

  • Usman Ali

    A public service message

  • Usama Ahmed

    I demand all Telcos who got 3G/4G licenses to immediately publish their 3G/4G coverage maps.

    • Gang

      Jo hukum sir, aap ka hukum sir aankhoon par…

      This is what you must be thinking that operators will take your comment as but a decent reply from them would, Bi__h Please…jaey moun dhoo kay aaeyay :D

    • larka

      LOL yeh right

    • Ahmed

      And who do you think you are to “demand” LOL. With that I bet you are a prepaid user who does a 30 Rs “easyload” a month and want the maps badly so you don’t get deducted hahahahahhaha

  • Usman Javaid

    Would be great if the author can learn how to spell ‘Installment’ correctly :)