MoITT to Auction TopUp 3G/4G Spectrum

MIT has sought spectrum demand for additional spectrum from telecom operators within two weeks. A high-level meeting was chaired by Secretary IT & Telecommunications, Mohsin Mushtaq Chandna. The meeting discussed the quality of services, consumer issues, and spectrum infrastructure requirements.

Telecom operators say it is not just a matter of spectrum pricing but also the terms offered by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The government had projected to fetch $1 billion through the Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) auction but could only generate a revenue of $279 million. The auction for additional spectrum was held in October last year, but only one out of four operators participated.

The meeting was attended by telecom operators’ executives, PTA Chairman, Frequency Allocation Board Executive Director, Member Telecom MoITT, and other government officials.