Pakistani mobile operators ink MoU on infrastructure sharing

9 Aug 2010

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the country’s mobile network operators are understood to have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on infrastructure sharing, the Pakistan Observer reports. The agreement between the regulator and cellcos will be valid for a three-year period, although it may be extended subject to all involved giving consent to an extension once the initial period is over. Under the terms of the deals signed, all five of the country’s cellcos – Mobilink, Telenor Pakistan, Warid Telecom, Pakistan Telecommunications Mobile Ltd and CM Pak (Zong) – have said that they will look to strike commercial deals with other operators, with an overarching aim of driving up the tenancy ratio (the number of operators sharing one base station) to 1.5 within the next three years; the current tenancy ration is 1.02. Yearly benchmarks have also been set, with the parties involved expecting to see the tenancy ratio rising to 1.1 and 1.3 in the first and second year respectively.