PM Nawaz Sharif Awards 3G & 4G Spectrum Licenses

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has today (22nd May, 2014) awarded 3G and 4G mobile spectrum licenses to the successful mobile operating bidders while deadline for free 3G services by different mobile companies will end tomorrow (23rd May, 2014).

Following the auction held by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in April, the government raised $902.82 million in the first auction for 3G mobile phone networks and $210 million for the 4G spectrum.

Winning mobile operators for 3G Licence include Mobilink, Telenor andUfone, while ZonG was declared successful for both 3G and 4G Licenses.

ZonG has paid 100 % payment of license fee for 3G, 4G spectrums including 10 % of withholding tax, while Mobilink paid all amount of license fee of 3G spectrum.  Ufone and Telenor have paid 50 % of the license fee also with 10 % of withholding tax.

Giving details of payments by qualified bidders/cellular mobile operators (CMOs), a top seated official at telecommunication ministry also said that Mobilink has paid $300.9 million, Ufone and Telenor paid $73.75 million each while ZonG has paid $516.918.

Prime Minister Sharif previously directed the ministry of information technology to speed up the introduction process of both 3G and 4G technologies in Pakistan simultaneously to catch up with the rest of the world.

The award of these licenses will provide PKR 260 billion additional revenue to the exchequer and at the same time open up thousands of employment opportunities in the country.

It may be mentioned that mobile consumers, who were enjoying the befits of 3G spectrum from last 28 days without paying any bills, would no longer find free service from Friday as they will have to pay for subscribing a bucket to use the service.

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