Pakistan will issue three 3G licences by the end of this year, a government official has been quoted by Reuters as saying. ’We are working on the plan, and 3G spectrum would be allocated to three companies for launching 3G mobile phone services in Pakistan,’ said a PTA official, who declined to be identified. ‘The 3G licences are expected to be issued by the end of this year and will be offered only to existing mobile phone operators for a period of 15 years.’
Pakistan’s existing operators include Mobilink, a unit of Egpyt-based Orascom Telecom, Norway’s Telenor and Warid Telecom of the United Arab Emirates. Other operators are Ufone, a subsidiary of Pakistan Telecommunication, Instaphone and CM PAK, previously known as Paktel.