3G licence attracts overseas investors

10 Feb 2012

The upcoming auction of third-generation concessions in Pakistan has attracted the attention of five foreign telcos keen to enter the country’s wireless market, reports local news source Dawn. Vodafone, DoCoMo, QTel, AT&T and Telecoms Development Company Afghanistan (TDCA, better known as Roshan) have all reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring one of the three 3G licences up for sale in March. Of the existing players, Mobilink, Pakistan Telecommunication Mobile Ltd (PTML) and Zong have announced intentions to bid for the concession, as has Qubee, though the WiMAX operator is reportedly seeking a partner for the bid. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) is auctioning three third-generation licences in the 1900MHz-2100MHz band, valid for 15 years and with a minimum price of USD210 million, as well as an eight-year 2G licence in the 800MHz band, previously held by the now-defunct Pakcom (Instaphone) for which a minimum price of USD155 million has been set.