3G / 4G License Award Ceremony on May 22nd: PTA

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has confirmed ProPakistani that recently auctioned 3G and 4G licenses will be awarded to four telecom operators in a license award ceremony on May 22nd, 2014.

PTA said that Ufone, Mobilink and Telenor will be awarded with 3G licenses while Zong will be given 3G and 4G licenses.

This license award ceremony and NOC from PTA is being awaited as they are mandatory for telecom operators to commercially launch 3G services in the country.

License award ceremony was subject to advance (or full) payment of spectrum that telecom companies had won during the auction. This ceremony was initially planned for May 10th but was later rescheduled for May 17th, 2014 as mobile phone companies didn’t deposit the upfront payment for the spectrum.

Initial or up front payment was lingered because FBR suddenly asked PTA to collect 10% advance tax in addition to basic license fee. This took industry by surprise as there was no mention of withholding tax collection in 3G and 4G licenses’ IM.

After several rounds of talks, cellular companies somehow agreed to pay 10% of upfront payment as withholding tax.

It merits mentioning here that withholding tax will ultimately get settled by FBR – and will be repaid to the operators or will be levelled against other taxes on operators by the end of fiscal year – but telcos were not willing to pay millions of dollars in addition to what they had to pay as spectrum fee.

Now since the tax issue has been settled, it has been decided that award ceremony will be held on May 22nd 2014.

It merits mentioning here that all operators, except Zong, are offering free 3G services in at least seven cities of the country. These operators are all set to commercially launch the services as soon as licenses and NOC is granted to them from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

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


  • Naveed

    Finally .. Lets see now this doesn’t get delayed :P waiting for the packages :)

    • jitna late ho gi otna hi faida hai free main trail use kartay ho 3G k. paid packages ki itni jaldi kya hai

      • Naveed

        The reason because I want to switch from #Warid .. :) I want to see the packages first :)

        • Tabish

          apparently PTA banners about ceremony on islamabad highway shows warid logo too. :)

          • Naveed

            I am still waiting as Warid’s IVR says that Warid will be providing 4GLTE soon.. :)

            I really dont want to switch from Warid because there network is awesome and postpaid packages are good too :)

          • Yasir Ali Raza

            Can u post a picture here Pls

            • Tabish

              Here it is.

              • Naveed

                Gr8 , Saw that on Twitter just now :) but where did you get this pic from ?

              • Naveed

                I hope Warid doesn’t keep us waiting long :)

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    Has operators paid there upfront fees now? because issuance of licening and NOC is still subject to receipt of payment

    • Foqaan Shaikh

      Zong and Mobilink are paying today. Zong in USD and Mobilink in PKR

      • Muhammad Ashraf

        what about ufone?

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Your answer will be announced on the 22th May :D

          • Muhammad Ashraf

            let;s see this is one of the biggest event and there is no information available on PTA site

            • Muhammad Aamir

              hmm..!! It must not be delayed anymore!

        • Foqaan Shaikh

          According to ProPakistani, Ufone already have paid 50% of the base amount in the sealed pack bid before the auction.

  • Yasir Ali Raza

    Allah say dua ha k 22nd May ko ab NOC mil jaen companies ko ,,, InSha Allah ,,,

    • harry

      innay DESPO tusiii ???

  • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

    Here comes the begining of the Golden age Era of Telecommunication in Pakistan !! So proud of our Nation

    • Najam

      Golden Era ? Just wait for the Government to buy modified Jammers.

    • AcerQuantum

      Golden age of censorship. Youtube, viber, whatsapp, adult websites, music websites… all banned.

      ProTip: if it offends you then simply dont visit that website. Don’t understand why pakistanis are so emotionally retarded.

      • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

        You are right , if your offended by any of online content just dont visit it, but i also disagree with you, it is certainly the Golden Era, if anything gets blocked as you mentioned, just use VPN serives, it will work with 80% of the original speed and you’re good to GO :D

  • Saqib

    finally….

    • Guest

      happening :D

  • Khan

    500 RpS 1 tb pr mnth 1gb dnld in 30 mins is oK for Me

    • Tim

      We will get there in next 50 years! :)

    • Nadeem

      Khan sab Muaaf kr do Nawaz Sharif ko Pls

    • imtiaz ali

      hahaahahhahahaha khan sab tusi great ho but ye 2014 hai 5014 nahi

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Go to the U.S.A., Use GOOGLE OPTICAL FIBER which gives speed up to 1Gbps only at 70$ per month.

      • eyescreaman

        I agree, spend $1400 for the ticket, then for living in one of the states that offer this, then attach a Ethernet cable to your phone or only connect via wifi in a 50m area.
        Mere bhai comparison tou theek kara karo, faltoo k shashkey.

        • Muhammad Aamir

          The person, who want this type of fast internet connection, will be rich and not have a problem for him to spend so much $$$.
          Zara Sochye!

          • eyescreaman

            Everybody wants this type of connection but not everyone can afford to pay this much and/or live where such services are available.

            • Muhammad Aamir

              Agree!

            • Dying Inside

              itni speed ka achar dhalna hai :p le de k wahi fb hi use karna hai :p

        • Joe

          Good. Hope folks can at least try to see things objectively. Cellular networks are under discussion and suddenly fiber optic pops out. :)

  • Guest

    Thanks God. What about Warid 4G LTE. Any news when they will announce?

    • zafar

      PTA disapproved Warid’s request for 4G LTE

      • Guest

        OMG.

      • Muhammad Aamir

        I don’t think so! I asked today, ” When will come 4G LTE” (Answer is given in image below)
        Do you have any proof that PTA disapproved Warid’s request for 4G LTE?

        • Badar

          Its a non-distributeable document and you could not post it in public

          • Guest

            Why? Does it against term-condition? please explain!

            • Panda

              Ofcourse it is, because Warid needs 2100Mhz 3G license which they didn’t bid for, so they cant lauch directly 4G. Operator Must have 3G license to offer 4G. Warid is misguiding their customers. Only they can improve existing Edge to higher class.

              • Muhammad Aamir

                There are a total almost 38 countries in the world which are offering 4G LTE in the same range of frequency (1800MHz) then why not Warid can do?. According to my opinion, they would launch 4G LTE on the same day when Zong 4G. Yet, Zong is not ready for 4G. Just wait and see!

                • Naveed

                  Exactly , I agree , and secondly @Panda just before commenting you should read first and then comment. Warid has technology neutral lis. which means they dont need lis. , they just need permission from PTA… And if you just go on Warid’s IVR by dialing 321 , they are saying that 4G LTE services will be given soon by Warid. And I think they are not waiting for Zong’s 4G to launch as Zong said clearly that they cannot launch 4G some time sooner. So I think Warid is just waiting for 3G to Launch commercially and then they can just launch 4GLTE :) as I think they will be doing that at the end of May :)

                  • Muhammad Aamir

                    In Sha ALLAH!

                  • Panda

                    That’s im already telling that WARID CANT LAUNCH BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT 3G.. its PTA who won’t entertain Warid’s request due to their 3G mandatory conditions for 4G. Yes that license is technology neutral but not service neutral so don’t hope for a 4G data “services”. Don’t believe me… visit official FB page of Warid they have removed all 4G ads which were posted weeks ago. They can’t even mention it publicly now. Hope it makes sense. Or you may wait or follow that word “soon”..

                    • Naveed

                      Its useless debating with you .. :) I guess one more Warid Hater lol :) We can just wait and watch what happens :)

                    • Panda

                      not a Warid hater, infact it would bring competition between Zong and Warid if Warid gets approval, that’s beneficial for us, the customers… but its matter of fact that you ignored terms and conditions implemented by PTA. Do you really think that a firm can say a Big “No” to its customers, ofcourse not…. So, whenever you going to query it from Warid they always gonna respond you with “soon”, which would help you to continue waiting as loyal user ;) but situation is self explanatory.

        • Foqaan Shaikh

          Bhai G, company k employees to users ko kbhi nhi khaingy na k PTA nhi allow kra.. unho nay to wohi baat kehni hay jo best hay in the favour of the company instead for customer. So is tra questions ka yhi reply mil skta hay apko.. iskay ilawa nhi pos! :)

        • Cruise

          Did you know!
          With MS Paint you can always erase personal info (Name/Designation etc) from an email screenshot you wish to share in public.

      • Muhammad Aamir

        Wrong Info!

      • Tabish

        apparently PTA banners on islamabad highway shows warid logo too. :)

        • Yasir Ali Raza

          Can u post a related picture here , Pls

          • Tabish

            I have seen them in morning, while going to office.

    • Omar

      Warid R.I.P like “Instaphone”

  • anj?um

    what a tale of “you scratch my back i scratch yours”. Ishaq Darlar wanted to collect future tax to help reduce budget deficit. I wonder what did he offer in return?

  • Khan

    what stops Zong from test launch??? system incapability, resource insufficiency or somewhat else? any body to elaborate/

    • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

      all of them !!

      • Muhammad Aamir

        How you know? :D

        • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

          coz i know few folks inside Zong :P

    • Naveed

      Zong can only speak big “Super 3G” LOL

      • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

        hahaha yeah Normal 3G vs Abnormal 3G

  • irfan

    Mobile to PC work karta hy 3G???

    • Muhammad Aamir

      There are two ways:
      1. Buy a 3G USB dongle, connect it via PC.
      2. Buy a well-known smart phone (or any 3G compatible phone) and download its PC suite and connect.

      • irfan

        I have Nokia E5.

        • Muhammad Aamir

          Then Download NOKIA SUITE: (PLZ Place . instead of dot)

          www(dot)nokia(dot)com/global/support/software-update/nokia-belle-symbian-software-update/

          • Guest

            If your phone has wifi hotspot feature then there is no need for mobile software. As this make your mobile a wifi router to which you can simply connect your system

    • Waqas Ovais

      if you have android phone:

      settings>(more)>tethering and portable hotspot>configure password etc and check portable wi-fi hotspot option

      your phone now acts as wifi router :)

  • habib

    Dsl

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Which DSL are you using? In which City?

      • habib

        Ptcl

  • habib

    Dsl theek hai

  • Mohammad Ali

    In Faisalabad only mobilink offerings free 3g ufone just launched before two days. Where is telenor & zong as well

  • Abdul Haseeb

    FBR on fire !!!

  • Monster

    :)

    • Ææmįr Mōhâmmåd

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  • Foqaan Shaikh

    The question is, how Zong has prepared for the launch? Will they be able to launch on the same day? No trial for zong users yet!!!

  • imkhalid

    Zong is also bringing 4G(LTE) not only 4G as per their FAQs
    www(DOT)zong(DOT)com(DOT)pk/3g

    • Muhammad Aamir

      hmm…!! Good!!

  • T!ME

    > Still confused (there are 5 companies where WARID is all of them who had already a license of 4g LTE), so that’s mean they already have a system to RUN it, if I am not wrong than why still WARID is under the bed they have to wake up & provide some services before all of them (delayed & wait) its directly hit to all potential customers.
    > No doubt LTE 4G is best best & best (but how people can use it (they don’t have handsets of 4G LTE & available handsets are not affordable.
    > Mostly customers can not wait & they will buy the sets for 3G just for taste cz its free in these Days & these customers never returned easily if once they switched.
    > Already WARID is lazy in marketing & extra professional in preparing adds how can they get the benefits from the market….
    haaaaaaa don’t know

    • Muhammad Aamir

      > Again! If you desire to use 4G LTE or 4G or 3G, it is not necessary to buy expensive phones. 3G-4G dongles will be available at cheap rates.

      > If you are talking about why Warid is not bringing 4G LTE, the answer is same as ZONG 4G LTE (Yet, ZONG 4G LTE is not ready). We should wait till the launch of ZONG 4G LTE..!! We have no other ways. I heard that Warid will launch 4G LTE within 60 days and I asked Warid supporter yesterday, they stated, ” We will launch soon”

      • Naveed

        4GLTE handset supported phones are not expensive now .. Motorola has just announced its Moto G with 4GLTE supported which will be no more than 23k ;) and plus you can get dongles too as stated above :) so lets wait and watch :) hopefully end of may we will hear from Warid :)

    • NSN

      well said dear but to compete with other operators warid have to improve its marketing policies other wise such a great network is wasteful due to weak marketing policies .I think warid is coming up with special plans this time.
      >>>>I think PTA force them not to launch service before they collect amounts from other operators .Lets hope for the best because i think warid will provide best services in 4GLTE also.

  • Tauheed Essa

    From android phone goto “setting” then “Developer options” tick mark “USB Debugging”, connect your phone to PC using USB cable, now from your mobile goto “setting” then “more” then “Tethering & portable hotspot” and finally Tick mark “USB tethering” You are now connected to 3G network from your PC.

  • Adnan Najeeb

    what about those leaked packages of ufone

    • Naveed

      they were just fake :P

  • Imran Khan

    This ceremony will not be held on May 22

    • Muhammad Ashraf

      why

  • abhanan93

    to warid ka kiya banay ga???

  • Tabish

    banners of award ceremony also has warid and ptcl logos. :)

    • Yasir Ali Raza

      Can u post a snap here Pls

      • JahanZaib Yousaf

        there u go

  • Atifsh

    Here you go

    • Muhammad Aamir

      Good!

  • JahanZaib Yousaf

    So i think the day is here
    http://e.jang.com.pk/05-22-2014/pindi/pic.asp?picname=654.gif

    But where the heck Zong Super 3g and 4g are

    even 3g?

    • Muhammad Ashraf

      for enjoying zong’s 3g/4g service you have to move to China :)

      • JahanZaib Yousaf

        I might consider porting to Mobilink

  • JahanZaib Yousaf

    3g ceremony image

  • Tabish Siddiqui

    Why no updates on award ceremony?