PTA publishes Information Memorandum for 3G / 4G licences auction

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PTA has at last published Information Memorandum (IM) for auction of licence of 3G / 4G licenses. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority sets April 7th, 2014 date for auction of 3G and 4G licenses.

The price for 3G license at 2100Mhz band is set as $295 million while price for 4G license at 1800Mhz band is set as $210 million and the duration will be 15 years.

If a new operator is authorized for a 3G or 4G license it will cost $291 million from 850Mhz band.  If a company wants a 4G spectrum at1800 MHz band it also has to bid to win at least one 3G license.

There will be two steps of License auction. In first step operators will submit sealed bids at least greater than base prices of licenses. The second round will comprise of multiple round ascending (SMRA) auction to finalize the spectrum winner.

PTA has asked the interested bidder to submit IM by March 10th, 2014. Operators will be allowed to raise anu quiry about auction process by March 19.  March 25th, 2014 will be the deadline for operators to submit their sealed bids. he operators bidding for 3G or 4G spectrum also have to deposit a pre-bid value of 15 percent of the sealed-bid. PTA will finally announce the qualified operators on March 28th, 2014.

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