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MoITT Issues Policy Directive for NGMS Spectrum Auction

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The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has recently issued a policy directive to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to hold an auction for the 3G/4G spectrum in Pakistan. The policy directive issued on the 4th of August has the following statement enclosed within:

“The policy directive issued by the ministry stated, “reference Federal Cabinet Decision vide Case No 686/24/2021, dated 27-07-2021 in respect of ECC meeting held on 16-07-202l, the subject Policy Directive No. 1-2/2020-DT dated 4th August 2021 is enclosed for necessary implementation by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority”.

According to sources, the minimum revenue generated is $831.8 million which is estimated in accordance with the base price. This price is subject to an increment in case the auction goes by successfully. It is highly likely that through this auction there will be a significant improvement in mobile broadband services in Pakistan.

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Similar auctions have also been conducted in 2014, 2016, and 2017  which were carried out under the policy directives given by the Federal Government of Pakistan. Since 2014 the number of broadband subscribers in the country has drastically increased from 14 million to 100 million in April 2021. The pandemic has further fuelled the demand for broadband services in Pakistan which subsequently increased the demand for more spectrum.
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