Warid tests LTE

Warid Telecom has successfully completed trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, achieving speeds of 35.5Mbps and 8.52Mbps downlink/uplink. The cellco, which plans to use its existing license to launch 4G services after it elected not to take part in the recent spectrum auction, also announced in a press release that it has committed to invest close to USD400 million in the country’s infrastructure and economy.

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.

PTA Taking ‘All Necessary Measures’ To Extend 3G/4G to AJK and GB

Pakistan’s telecoms watchdog has confirmed that it is looking to extend the recently auctioned 3G and 4G licenses to include the autonomous administrative divisions of the disputed Kashmir region, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB). The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is consulting with the Kashmir council and is taking ‘all necessary measures’ to ensure that the license holders can start offering next generation wireless services in the region.

According to the PTA an extension to the licenses is already in the works, but no timeframe was given for the amendment and consumers in Kashmir are expected to see a delay in receiving the new services. Whilst the PTA confirmed that the rights to offer 3G and 4G services in AJK and GB would be offered to existing license holders only, the regulator did not comment on whether an additional fee would be levied.

In October 2005 PTA gave all licensed wireless providers temporary permission to provide services in the region with a view to aiding the rebuilding effort in areas badly hit by an earthquake earlier that month. In June the following year, the permissions were extended for 15 years for four operators at a cost of USD10 million.


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