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Pakistan to Hold 850-MHz Auction before 1800-MHz

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Pakistan to hold 850-MHz Auction before 1800-MHz

The government of Pakistan on Friday decided that auction of 850 MHz frequency spectrum should precede the auction of 1800 MHz. This is decided in a high level meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Pakistan to Hold 850-MHz Auction before 1800-MHz

Minister of State for IT, Ms. Anusha Rehman Khan also attended and briefed the meeting regarding spectrum demand scenario and the progress with regard to spectrum auction.

The ministry said, in a statement.

“It was also agreed during the meeting that an appropriate amount of spectrum needs to be made available to the industry to enhance the ever evolving requirement of international quality data services for Pakistani consumers,”

In view of reports presented and discussions on Ministry of IT and PTA’s recent engagement with the industry, it was proposed that auction of 850 MHz frequency may precede the auction of 1800 MHz. The finance minister agreed to the proposal and directed that the process may be expedited with complete transparency.

The government in budget 2015-2016 has projected that it will generate 65 billion rupees ($620.7 million) from the auction of 3G and 4G spectrum in the current financial year. The government is having licence in the 1800 MHz band and one license reserved for new entrants.

Minister for Law & Justice Zahid Hamid, Attorney General for Pakistan Ashter Ausaf, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Law Barrister Zafarullah, members of Spectrum Advisory Committee, and senior officials of Ministry of IT, Ministry of Finance, PTA and FAB also participated in the meeting.