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Pakistan to Auction 4G Spectrum in May for $300 Million

The Advisory Committee for Auction of NGMS (Next Gen-Mobile Services) aka 4G spectrum is proceeding towards the auction of 4G spectrum.

It is not yet confirmed but the story is coming from Pro Pakistani that the price for 10 MHz block is around $300 million

The official sources revealed that PM of Pakistan who is also in-charge of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication may issue policy directive for auction by Wednesday.

The auction process would be completed by end May 2017, the sources confirmed.

Furthermore, the government has decided to go for auction of the last available spectrum of single block of 10MHz in 1800MHz, without dividing it into two blocks.

PM had constituted Advisory Committee for Auction of this spectrum which is headed by Mrs. Anusha Rahman Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication while Special Assistants to PM for Law, Secretary IT, Secretary Finance, Secretary Law, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Executive Director Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) and Member telecom are the members of this committee. Member Telecom was also appointed as “Committee Secretary”.

The Advisory committee for auction of unsold Next-Gen Mobile Services spectrum 4G met on last Thursday to take any final decision on spectrum auction.

The Minister chaired Advisory committee for auction and also reviewed the comparative study of bench marking from local and regional telecom markets.

The sub-committee submitted its report to the main spectrum Advisory committee for consideration and further necessary action.

During the last two auctions, the government conducted markets survey through consultants but did not go for comparative study of benchmark from local and regional telecom markets. The government had a consultant study in hand as per the PTA officials but uncertainty led the government to go for further market analysis.

The government had budgeted Rs 65 billion from the auction of two licenses of 3G and 4G for 2015-16. However, later government revised it to Rs 45 billion, while deciding to go for single frequency spectrum auction in the 850 MHz band with base price of $395 million.

At first The government budgeted Rs 65 billion from auction which later on was revised to Rs 45 billion while deciding to go for single frequency spectrum auction in 850 MHz band with base price of $395 and One license remained unsold and the government has budgeted Rs 75 billion from its auction.

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