Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has finalized its plans to auction four 3G/4G (Next Generation Mobile Service) licenses in the regions of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
- Three blocks of 10 MHz each in 2100 MHz are
- 1920-1930/2110-2120 MHz (Block A)
- 1930-1940/2120-2130 MHz (Block B)
- 1940-1950/2130-2140 MHz (Block C)
- One block of 10MHz in 1800 MHz band is
- 1775-1785/1870-1880 MHz
With the availability of four spectrum blocks, it is expected that all four cellular operators will participate in the auction and handsome inflows of FDI are expected in the telecom sector in the months to come.
Not to mention, two blocks – one of 3G and another of 4G spectrum – are earmarked for SCO.
More details about auction of 3G and 4G spectrum in AJK and GB can be viewed here.
Hiring of Consultant and Its Scope of Work
In this regard, like we told you before, PTA has plans to hire consultant in an initial stage to calculate the base price of spectrum for Auction of NGMS in AJK & GB.
Now PTA has officially published the advertisements and has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from interested consultants by October 19.
The detail EOI can be viewed here.
The consultant will hold consultation with the existing operators of Pakistan and AJK & GB to assess the telecom market of AJK & GB; including the base price of spectrum to be auctioned in AJK & GB.
The consultant will carry out a comprehensive assessment study of AJK & GB telecom market in terms of uptake, profitability, competitiveness and consumer choice; international best practices, using appropriate tools such as econometric /analytical models and market analysis for the spectrum.
The consultant will design an open, competitive, transparent auction process mitigating chances of collusion among bidders and fulfilling policy objective of optimal outcome, keeping in view the international best practices as suited to AJK & GB market.
The consultant is expected to provide all the expertise to PTA to complete the assignment. The applicants are required to highlight competencies and expertise including advisory services relating to telecommunications and information technology, as well as relevant legal, regulatory, economic and technical knowledge.