PTA Releases Revised Information Memorandum (IM)
The revised Information Memorandum for 3G/4G auction released by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced many changes but still there is no change in base price.
Some of the Major Changes in IM for 3G/4G auction are:
- According to the latest changes in IM, if the defined spectrum is sold completely, there won’t be any auction for another 18 months of time period. PTA will be free to carry out any spectrum auction after the end of 18 month period.
- If government failed to come up with any agreement related to provide roaming facilities to new entrants, then new entrants can request to specify the price and terms of such agreement.
- PTA has also hinted about the spectrum sharing by mentioning that licensees could enter into commercial arrangement with each other for active sharing and spectrum trading however, this condition will only be valid after the GoP policy regarding spectrum sharing is in place and subject to the formal approval and comprehensive framework of PTA.
- The spectrum floor for the 2100 MHz may be reduced to 2×5 MHz for the auction stage depending upon the lot definition following receipt of Sealed-bid Offers
- According to the revised IM, PTA has extended 3 months for both local and new entrants for 1st phase of roll out but they have been asked to increase their sphere of roll out.
- Earlier the telecom operators were asked to submit the payments in Dollar only but now the Fee can be paid in US Dollars or its equivalent in Pak Rupees.
- Strict laws have been made for non-payments or delays in payments i.e. penalty of non-payment for licensee, additional fee @ 2% per month for late payment, license can also be suspended / terminated on account of non-payment of any instalment of initial fee and the outstanding amount can also be recovered as debts of land revenue in addition to any other penalties to which the licensee may be liable.
The terms and conditions for the license are explained in detail in the recent and revised IM.
For Information Memorandum (IM), CLICK HERE