Telcos set to be awarded spectrum licences on May 22, services to be rolled out from May 23

Published: May 21, 2014
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The successful mobile operators that won the 3G licenses include Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone.

The successful mobile operators that won the 3G licenses include Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone.

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will himself hand over the 3G and 4G mobile spectrum licenses to the successful mobile companies at a special ceremony in Islamabad on Thursday, with services expected to formally start from May 23, Radio Pakistan reported on Wednesday.

The successful mobile operators that won the 3G licenses include Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone. Zong was declared successful for both 3G and 4G licenses.

The auction, held by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) last month, helped the government raise $902.82 million in the first auction for 3G services, while $210 million were raised for the 4G spectrum.

Meanwhile, telcos, who had been testing 3G services in various parts of the country, informed their customers to expect a formal roll out of 3G services via their own individual service plans from May 23.

It was unclear if Warid, who have a technology neutral licence, will be awarded the NOC they need to roll out 4G services.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • faisal
    May 21, 2014 - 8:04PM

    Zong may have bought 3G/4G both but they are the only ones to have failed to offer trial services to their customers. Terribly disappointed by their pathetic standards.

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  • AK
    May 21, 2014 - 8:30PM

    when Warid will start 4G LTE???

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  • Shafqat Hussain
    May 21, 2014 - 8:55PM

    Another source told me that 3G license is not for AJK and GB. Are we not part of Pakistan.? Why such discrimination based on regions.
    I know reason is SCOM Telcom operator in that region which is providing very expensive Internet and only in limited area they want to keep their monopoly. Private Mobile companies have reached almost in all villages in AJK and GB, Govt should allow them to operate 3G in AJK and GV too.Recommend

  • haroon
    May 21, 2014 - 10:01PM

    I do not agree with most of the things Nawaz government does, but for this action i will have to praise them. Good work by timely auction of 3G

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  • No
    May 21, 2014 - 11:06PM

    Noooo, End of Free Trial :( Days of Muftah Over

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  • S.A
    May 22, 2014 - 2:03AM

    Zong is Pathetic. Hats off to Telenor for their Vip services.

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