A week back, Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over the cabinet meeting to consider agenda item, “Policy Directive under Section 8 of the Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-Organization) Act 1996 for renewal of cellular mobile licenses in 2019”, submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. Furthermore, the government estimated to generate around $1.3 billion from the renewal of three mobile licenses which are due to expire in the current year. Recently, PTA came forward to clarify the factual position regarding the Renewal of Cellular Mobile Licenses’ process.
Renewal of Cellular Mobile Licenses’ process Will Be Based On Established Benchmarks
Regarding certain news items on the ‘Renewal of Cellular Mobile Licenses’ process, PTA wishes to clarify the factual position. Since early 2017, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecomm (MoIT&T), PTA and other stake-holders mainly Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) have been engaged in a consultative process for License Renewal Framework as per the relevant provisions of the License Conditions and Telecom Policy 2015. After due deliberations, GoP has formed a high-level committee to finalize the framework keeping in view the recommendations from PTA and input from CMOs. The process is being handled with the required urgency at all levels and will be completed soon.
All procedures related to License Renewals shall be based on established benchmarks, policy principles and market dynamics of Pakistan so that the GoP, the consumers and the CMOs continue to benefit.
The apprehensions expressed about any service disruption or customer inconvenience due to delay in finalization of the renewal process are unfounded. PTA is committed to safeguard the rights and interests of consumers.