PTA concludes spectrum auction in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan

30 Sep 2021

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed that the auction of spectrum for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) in the administrative regions of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK, colloquially referred to as Azad Kashmir) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), was completed on 28 September 2021. The e-auction was contested by CMPak (Zong) and PMCL (Jazz) and spanned over 18 rounds of bidding. Upon completion, Zong emerged as the winner of 2×10MHz in the 1800MHz band having agreed to pay USD14.398 million for the frequencies. The regulator noted in its press release that the 1800MHz spectrum sold comprises ‘85% of the total offered spectrum in the said band for AJK and GB’. In addition, the PTA confirmed that Telenor Pakistan, Ufone and Zong have also won 2×1.2MHz bandwidth in the 1800MHz band.

Furthermore, the PTA said that Telenor was declared the winner of frequencies in the 2100MHz band, securing 2×15MHz of spectrum ‘against the set base price’. The spectrum sold constitutes 50% of the total offered spectrum in the 2100MHz band, it noted.

In total, the auctions raised more than USD30 million for state coffers.