PTA begins mobile license renewals and additional spectrum auctions for AJK and GB, Lahore Herald

PTA begins mobile license renewals and additional spectrum auctions for AJK and GB

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The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has begun to renew the mobile license and auction additional spectrum in the 1800 and 2100 MHz bands in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

The authority decided to hire consultants / consultancies for the renewal of mobile licenses and the auction of additional spectrum in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan and invited local people (Pakistan, AJ&K and UK) to express their interest (EOI). Advisory firm (s) on the Federal Revenue Board’s (FBR) list of active taxpayers.

The consultant (s) / consultancy (s) will perform the task in light of the detailed Request for Proposal (RFP), which includes, but is not limited to:

1 Renewal of mobile licenses

2 Extra spectrum auction

3 Spectrum rationalization plan

The aim of the council is to develop a strategy for the extension of the existing GSM license and the auction of additional spectrum in the 1800 and 2100 MHz bands in the light of international best practices adapted to the telecommunications market of AJ&K . and GB, focusing on consistent investor regulation, broadband proliferation and the future viability of the cellular sector with overall economic growth in the region.

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The consultancy focuses on benchmark spectrum prices for renewal and auction with future projections for the next 3 years, with the aim of achieving overall economic growth and stimulating foreign investment, given the impact of past benchmarks and other relevant factors.


One of the objectives is the spectrum rationalization / adaptation plan to maximize the efficient use of spectrum in accordance with international best practices for allocated spectrum. The goal is to allocate a spectrum to create contiguous frequency block sizes by rearranging the existing allocations to obtain standardized block sizes.

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A transparent and competitive spectrum auction plan with optimal results is necessary, which promotes the proliferation of mobile broadband and the growth of mobile services and avoids collusion between bidders, depending on the advisory mission.

The strategic vision of the PTA is to create a fair regulatory regime to promote investment, encourage competition, protect consumer interests and provide high quality information and communication technology (ICT) services.

The work includes the following:

Conduct a study / evaluation of the available / allocated spectrum in 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz in AJ&K and GB;

International best practice on auctions / renewals and spectrum allocation, taking into account aspects;

Consultation with relevant stakeholders including mobile operators, relevant governments and the Frequency Allocation Committee (FAB) headquarters to assess the telecommunications market; your legal, financial and technical opportunities / challenges, as specified.

In addition, this requires the development of policy recommendations for the renewal of mobile licenses and the spectrum auction methodology, which includes the terms of the licenses to be renewed;

Auction design, base spectrum price, rationalization plan and any other relevant terms.

Drawing up an information memorandum including licensing model and assistance in conducting the spectrum auction in accordance with the agreed auction design.

The specific deliverables according to the deadlines stated in the contract, ie

A report on the analysis of the existing cellular sector with an emphasis on spectrum assignments. The report will include recommendations for mobile license renewals, new entrants, auctions and spectrum rationalization, as well as auction deadlines based on international best practices and stakeholder consultation. applying technical, commercial and legal due diligence.

A report on the evaluation of the spectrum of the 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands with future projections over 3 years. Pricing will be done in strict confidence and will be sent to the customer sealed.

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A report on the design of the auction methodology and the spectrum allocation process.

Prepare policy recommendations (including terms for renewal, spectrum blocks for auctions, base price, auction design, spectrum cap, spectrum bottom, spectrum rationalization plan, duration of l attribution, quality of service, coverage, payment terms, auction participants and other terms)

Prepare the briefing note with the license model including the information mentioned in point (iv) above and the detailed methodology of the auction design, turn steps, bail; Assist the Authority to develop and provide the necessary clarifications to potential bidders as needed; drafting tender documents and other relevant documents that assist in the auction process.

Consultants / consultancies carry out the assignment in accordance with the Request for Proposal (RFP) document. Consultants / consulting firms will need to have relevant technical, financial, legal and regulatory expertise to perform the job.

The selection method will be based on quality and cost, interested consultants / consultancies must submit an advisory proposal stating “Mobile license renewal and additional spectrum auction at AJ&K AND GB”, complete for everyone Considerations according to the parameters The deadline for submitting the proposal is October 20, 2020.

The technical and financial proposals for the consultant will be submitted in one package with two separate sealed envelopes marked “Financial proposal” and “Technical proposal”. The Request for Proposal document is available on the PTA website http://www.pta.gov.pk and on the PPRA website http://www.ppra.org.pk. The proposal will open at PTA headquarters on October 20, 2020.

PTA, a telecommunications regulatory body in Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), was established as a legal entity under Section 3 of the Pakistan Telecommunications Reorganization Act 1996, as applied to Azad Jammu and Kashmir under the AJ&K Council Telecommunication Adaptation (Reorganization) Act of 2005 and to Gilgit Baltistan under the UK Council of UK Adaptation of Laws Act 2012, by the Council of Azad Jammu and Kashmir / Council of GB.

PTA arranges the setting up, operation and maintenance of telecommunication systems and the provision of telecommunication services in AJ&K and GB. It is authorized to consult under the terms and conditions it determines for the licensing of radio frequency spectrum for any telecommunication system and service, as specified from time to time.

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