3G hit by further setbacks

13 Nov 2012

The long-awaited auction of 3G concessions has been further delayed by problems hiring a consultant for the sale, Pro Pakistani reports citing a source close to the matter. Three firms submitted bids to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for the role and all three were disqualified: two were dismissed on financial grounds, whilst the third was ruled out for security reasons. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the PTA was forced to postpone an attempt to tender the licences in March this year after the Auction Supervisory Committee (ASC) voiced concerns over the regulator’s shortlisting of consultants for the auction. The PTA had bypassed directions from the ASC to form an evaluation committee to narrow down the list of candidates and instead hand-picked four firms, raising suspicions of potential foul play.