Thursday, October 6, 2022

IT Ministry Official Rejects 3G/4G Auction Favoritism

A representative from the Ministry of IT said there is no favoritism against any particular carrier during the sale of an extra 3G/4G spectrum auction.

Clause 8(2) of the Telecom Act 1996 shows that there is no time limit for bidding on the spectrum. Under the Act, the federal government can make the time frame shorter or longer.

1800 MHz of extra spectrum is offered for 15 years, but not 2100 MHz. He then said that as part of the top-up spectrum auction. The government would sell off 2100 MHz of spectrum for a period of ten years.

The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Tourism think that the extra 3G and 4G airwaves will sell well at auction. An official from IT said that the Ministry is hopeful that it will be able to get a price for the auction of 3G/4G extra spectrum that is higher than what the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has predicted (PTA).

The official also said that the minutes from the meeting of the Auction Advisory Committee mail to the Ministry of Finance. Miftah Ismail, the committee’s chairman, and the minister of finance must both sign off on the minutes.

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After the minutes from the first meeting, the Auction Advisory Committee will plan the second meeting. After the second meeting, the MoITT will meet again and come up with another spectrum policy directive.

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