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PTA sets date to auction WLL licenses for GB and AJK

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has set the stage for spectrum auction of WLL (Wireless Local Loop) licenses for AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan on December 29, 2015 without any further delay.

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and LinkDotNet Telecom Limited have qualified for the spectrum auction of WLL licenses for AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan, we have checked.

According to sources spectrum is likely to be allotted at base price.

Wireless local loop (WLL), is the use of a wireless communications link as the “last mile / first mile” connection for delivering plain old telephone service (POTS) or Internet access (marketed under the term “broadband”) to telecommunications customers.

Chairman PTA Syed Ismail Shah told this correspondent that there is no delay in the auction and authority is all set to sell spectrum on December 29, 2015, as it was scheduled earlier.

PTA has notified qualified applicants through an information package containing all requisite information and instructions to participate in the auction.

PTA has planned to auction spectrum in 1900MHz and 3.5GHz bands for WLL licenses for all three telecom regions of AJK and GB. If all offered spectrum gets sold then, PTA is likely to generate Rs 90 million in total for 2×5 MHz in 1900MHz band and two 30 MHz unpaired lots in 3.5GHz bands. The spectrum winners will have to pay the fee with-in 30 days of the action.

  • Base price for Spectrum:
    • 2 x 5MHz from 1900MHz:
      • TR-I Mirpur: Rs. 55.80 Million
      • TR-2 Muzaffarabad: Rs. 11.96 Million
      • TR-3 Gilgit-Baltistan: Rs. 7.97 Million
    • 30MHz from 3.5GHz
      • TR-I Mirpur: Rs. 7.97 Million
      • TR-2 Muzaffarabad: Rs. 3.18 Million
      • TR-3 Gilgit-Baltistan: Rs. 3.18 Million
  • Annual Spectrum Fee:
    • The licensee shall pay an annual fee to the Authority as following:
    • 1900 MHz Band
      • TR-I: PKR 870,000/-
      • TR-2: PKR 185,000/-
      • TR-3: PKR 190,000/-
    • 3.5GHz Band
      • TR-I: PKR 1,000,000/-
      • TR-2: PKR 370,000/-
      • TR-3: PKR 370,000/-

Provisional winners will be announced upon the completion of the auction. Within seven (07) days of announcement of provisional winners, written intimation to the winners will be given.

Further within 30 days of having received 100% payment of initial Spectrum fee and license fee as per schedule given in IM, Licenses/Spectrum will be granted/awarded.

It merits mentioning here that PTCL, Wateen and SCO currently have WLL licenses for AJK and GB regions.


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