3G auction back on track, expected in January 2013

22 Nov 2012

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has finally selected consultants for its long-awaited 3G auction, reports Pro Pakistani. The PTA received 51 applications, 27 of which were qualified, before selecting three via a shortlisting and selection committee. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, plans to auction 3G licences earlier this year ran into difficulties when it emerged that the PTA had not followed approved procedures for the selection of advisory consultants, raising suspicions of potential foul play. The tender is now expected to take place in mid-January 2013 and would look to draw in new international investors. The three consultants have been hired for a three-month period, at a total cost of USD545,000, whilst the PTA chairman reportedly expects the auction to generate USD900 million for state coffers.