Govt plans to dump upto 10MHz Spectrum

The federal government is contemplating auctioning off 5 to 10 megahertz (MHz) spectrum to lift $150 to $300 million for the nationwide coffers. Now, two choices are being thought-about: both dump the remaining spectrum public sale within the 2100 band within the vary of 5 to 10 MHz on the final base worth, or convene an Public sale Advisory Committee (AAC) assembly and assign Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to rent a brand new advisor to finish the required process and maintain open bidding for the spectrum public sale.

One of many present gamers has appealed to the federal government, requesting 5 MHz at a price of round $29 million per MHz.

“The mobile enterprise has appealed the federal authorities for a fixed-rate allocation of 5-megahertz (MHz) spectrum.” Nonetheless, the federal government summoned an Public sale Advisory Committee (AAC) assembly on Wednesday below the supervision of the Minister of Finance Miftah Ismail to make a ultimate resolution,” in line with high official sources.

Below federal authorities coverage directions, spectrum auctions for Subsequent Era Cellular Providers (NGMS) have been held in Pakistan in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2021. In consequence, paired spectrum of 30 MHz within the 1900/2100 band, 29 MHz within the 1800 band, and 10 MHz within the 850 band was auctioned and assigned to mobile cell carriers.

The federal authorities could situation coverage directives to conduct a spectrum public sale below Part 8(2) of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 to supply the obtainable frequency bands to all new and present operators in an open, clear aggressive method in an effort to improve capability and enhance service high quality.

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