PM Imran Khan has directed the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to approach Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet for constituting Advisory Committee for spectrum auction, it is learnt.
The government has decided to release/auction additional available frequency spectrum for improvement of mobile broadband services and network expansion in the country which is expected to generate billions of non-tax revenue in the current fiscal year.
A senior official of the ministry said that the government has made available ample spectrum and decided to go for auction. However he said that revenue generation will be in billions as there is huge appetite in the market but the benchmark to be set by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) through international consultant.
The ministry had earlier approached Prime Minister Imran Khan for seeking his approval to constitute Advisory Committee for the auction. However, PM Khan directed the ministry to approach Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet, official confirmed.
The ministry is now in process to move a summary to the ECC and seek its approval for the Advisory committee, said Secretary adding that IT Ministry has already directed PTA to hire consultant who would set different benchmarks for the spectrum auction.
Work on different aspects and directions have been started to speed up the process, said the official. According to an official statement of the IT Ministry, on the direction of Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has started working to release/auction additional available frequency spectrum for improvement of mobile broadband services and network expansion in the country.
The network expansion will facilitate better digital connectivity, online education, e-commerce etc. Additional spectrum release/auction will help enhancement of 4G services and subscribers base which is necessary for the successful launch of 5G technology in the country.
Sources said that cellular companies were pressing the government for additional spectrum as all the telecom operators are facing challenges in providing quality of services to the consumers.