Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

The federal cabinet has once again postponed the approval for the license renewal policy. A five member committee is constituted for further consideration. Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

Prime Minister Imran Khan conducted the cabinet meeting to consider “Policy Directive under Section 8 of the Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-Organization) Act 1996 for renewal of cellular mobile licenses in 2019” submitted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry said that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) under the directives of Prime Minister submitted a report on the renewal of cellular licenses. He further explained that being a multi-million dollar transaction, this matter requires further attention.

Policy for Mobile Service License Renewal On hold Again

The fear of telecom companies are growing with delay in this process, as their licenses are due to expire in the current year.

Prime Minister, Imran Khan constituted five members committee to review PTA’s report on cellular license policy, comprising:

Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui: Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication.

Asad Umar: Federal Finance Minister of Pakistan.

Hammad Azhar: State Minister for Revenue.

Abdul Razzak Dawood: Advisor to Prime Minister

Mian Mohammad Soomro: Federal Minister for Privatization

Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Khalid Maqbool said last week that the matter of license renewal has been completed and is waiting for approval from the cabinet. He explained that the government issues policy directives to PTA for implementation and would also complete the renewal policy soon.

The minister stated that for every change, new amendments are required in the policy, but he assured that the matter will be resolved on a priority basis. The PTI government with the renewal policy has estimated to generate revenue of around $1.3 billion.

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