PTA agrees to reassign Zong’s ‘corrupted’ 3G spectrum

10 Dec 2015

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) – which operates under the Zong brand name – have reached an agreement regarding the cellco’s 3G spectrum allocation, ProPakistani cites unnamed sources as saying. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Zong sent a legal notice to the regulator in October this year complaining that it had been allotted ‘corrupted’ spectrum, known to be affected by interference from illegal DECT 6.0 cordless phones, and demanding that the PTA issue it with different spectrum, along with USD40 million compensation for the lost revenue, market share and optimisation costs.

According to the unnamed sources, the PTA has agreed to change Zong’s spectrum allocation, and expects to complete the change by the end of December 2015. As a result of the deal, the cellco is expected to withdraw its compensation claims, a PTA official was quoted as saying, adding that: ‘There wouldn’t be any cost involved in changing spectrum.’