Pakistan's MoIT orders 850MHz sale

28 Apr 2016

Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) has instructed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to auction a single concession for 850MHz frequencies, including airwaves left unsold from the previous spectrum auction in April 2014. The new 15-year, technology neutral licence will consist of 2×10MHz at 824MHz-834MHz/869MHz-879MHz and carries a reserve price of USD395 million. All existing operators and any potential newcomers are eligible to participate in the sale. No timeline was set for the sale, but the MoIT’s order calls for the watchdog to carry out the auction ‘in the minimum possible time’ and within the 2015-2016 financial year (ending 30 June 2016).