PTA to auction 800MHz spectrum for iDEN services

16 Apr 2009

The Pakistan Telecoms Authority (PTA) has announced that it will auction spectrum in the 800MHz band for the rollout of digital push-to-talk (PTT) services. The regulator said its decision was based on statistics that demonstrate a high level of demand exists for such services, particularly in the industrial sector. The PTA has issued a consultation paper on its proposals, seeking feedback from industry players on the regulatory framework it plans to adopt, including the auction mechanism for the frequency bands 806MHz-811MHz and 851MHz-856MHz, which it has identified for this service as part of its National Frequency Plan. The deadline for comments on the proposals is 15 May 2009.