STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has received four sealed bids for spectrum auctions of 3G and 4G from the five operators, working in the country with the expectation against expectation of the government, no new entrant is going to participate in the upcoming bidding. All existing cellular companies have submitted their sealed bids.

“The good thing is that demand is more than the supply indicating a good response from the market which will pave the way for growing competition and now auction will be held on April 23, for getting increased share in upcoming transaction,” top officials in PTA said.

After receiving sealed bids from Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone and Zong, there is one operator Warid, which has not shown interest in the auction.

According to the Information Memorandum (IM), there will be three (3G) and two (4G) licences, which will be auctioned. According to market sources, there has been a possibility that all the four operators might get licences for next generation technology.

A new licence will be issued to the auction winner for next generation mobile services, with similar terms and conditions as of previous licence and additional terms and conditions/ amendments will be spelled out as an addendum by the PTA.

As the demand is more than the supply, the allocation of spectrum will happen through an auction process.

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