PTA hires Consultants for 3G Auction

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had advertised for the need of a 3G consultant, of an international repute, for procurement of 3G license auction in Pakistan.

The government failed two times for selection of consultants. First time, during the tenure of former chairman PTA efforts were made to accomplish auction of 3G without appointment of consultants and second time the ASC rejected offers of all three bidders on the basis of technical and financial bidding. These failures have delayed further delayed the 3G technology in Pakistan

[dropcap1]F[/dropcap1]ou paragraphinally, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has finally appointed consultants of international repute to auction 3G spectrum license with the expectation of earning revenue of $900. This confirmation was announced in a press conference by Farooq Ahmad Awan (PTA Chairman), with support of Dr Abdul Basit Advisor to Prime Minister on Information Technology (IT) and Secretary IT Ministry Amir Tariq Zaman.

The Auction Supervisory Committee (ASC) led by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has approved hiring of consultant advisory group comprising of three international experts belonging to Australia, Canada and UK for accomplishing the task of auctioning 3G technology.

Consultants:

The hired Advisory Group will comprise of Spectrum Valuation Advisor, Spectrum Auction Design Advisor, Auctioneer/Auctions Software Advisor and Spectrum Regulatory Policy Advisor. This group has been hired for a period of 3-months.

Rob Nicholls, an Australian/British dual nationality holder has been assigned for devising spectrum advisor and regulations. His services have been hired for three month on the basis of 65,000 dollars per month.

For auction design, the ASC approved selection of Denis Ward with monthly fee payment of 60,000 dollars.
Martin Smith has been hired for preparation of auction related software and his fee would be standing at 56,660 dollars per month.

The government would spend $0.545 million on the advisors during these three months on account of salaries.

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