PTA publishes details for AJ&K/GB spectrum auction

23 Aug 2021

Sector watchdog the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has published an Information Memorandum (IM) detailing its plans for the auction of 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum for the provision of next generation mobile services (NGMS) in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) regions. The sale will feature 2×16MHz in the 1800MHz range – consisting of two lots of 2×5MHz and five lots of 2×1.2MHz – and 2×30MHz in the 2100MHz range, divided into six 2×5MHz blocks. Due to the fractured nature of the 1800MHz allocation, the regulator noted that it would complete a rationalisation process after the auction, through which it would endeavour to ensure that the spectrum holdings of licensees is contiguous. The reserve price for airwaves in both ranges was set at USD870,000 per MHz, equating to a base price of USD4.35 million for a 2×5MHz block of 1800MHz or 2100MHz frequencies and USD1.04 million for a 2×1.2MHz tranche in the 1800MHz band. The concessions will be valid for 15 years.