Confirmed: Zong, Telenor and Jazz Won’t Participate in 4G Auction

At least three out of four operators won’t participate in upcoming 4G auction, we have checked and confirmed with sources.

This leaves Ufone as only potential buyer for a 4G spectrum that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is set to auction next month.

It maybe recalled that PTA has issued IM for auction of 10MHz block in 1800MHz band for a base price of $295 million.

As we covered and analyzed earlier, Telenor won’t participate in spectrum auction as they just acquired 10MHz from 850MHz band just six months ago. They are actually just beginning to ramp up their roll outs in 4G network and hence won’t go for another 4G spectrum again.

Jazz, as you may know, just completed the merger with Warid and with that it also got sufficient spectrum that would be enough for at least two years.

Zong, we have checked with sources, is not going to participate in auction as well.

This leaves Ufone as only potential buyer and we also know that government of Pakistan was in rigorous talks with UAE government to push Etisalat to buy the remaining spectrum.

It’s not a secret that Ufone currently doesn’t require 4G spectrum, especially at a time when they are enhancing their 3G spectrum and a lot of other internal things.

With this, almost no one needs 4G spectrum, but Government has put all the effort to ensure that they are able to sell it as this is going to be the last budget that current government will present.

Experts say that Ufone — through Etisalat — must have given the government the assurance for participation in the auction, otherwise PTA would never had issued the IM.

Again, this Ufone’s participation in 4G auction is still speculative and any confirmations will only come in when they will submit the sealed bid — for which the deadline is May 5th, 2017.

We will keep you posted with any developments on this.

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


  • Ufone should go for 4G if it wants to survive in the current market provided great packages are introduced as Zong has done – 2GB at Rs. 12. 3G sucks of every operator regardless of the city. 4G is the future as Indian operator Jio is doing – only the 4G operator, and doesn’t have 2G, 3G.

  • As expected.
    Now there will be two possibilities. Unsold or Ufone which has 50/50 chances.

    • No one needs 4G ?
      Yasir Bhai thora explain kar den
      Kahin ap ye to nhn kehna chah rahe hain k no one wants to participate in the upcoming auction ?

      • 3 telcos have 4g already. 4th one doesn’t seem much interested as mentioned in article. So much so that govt have to push them via UAE govt. This means no more telcos are interested in this 4G band being offered

        • Abhi ap ka message clear hua na k ap Telco’s ki baat kar rahe hain , no one mein sab he aa jate hain, subscribers bhi ?

    • Zong, Telenor and Jazz don’t need 4G because they already have 4G spectrums.
      And Ufone is No One and No One needs 4G :D (If you remember GoT)

  • I know that this question is off topic but can anyone tell me what happened to the DTH auction after they decided to nullify the last one..?

      • Many call ki the pemra helpline py 15din phly, us ny bola dth ka msla abi court ma ha, supreme court ki taraf say dyyr ha faisla dany ma,jb k aesa kuch b ni

        • Supreme court ne clearly faisla sunaya tha k bidding process dubara karaya jaye, Pemra ko khud nhn pata k kya karna hai cable mafia ne kch khila pila diya hoga ?

  • Please Mr Prime Minister ask Mian Masha to start his own telecom company just Like Jio by Reliance in India. Then sold this licence to him.


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