PTA completes award of 3G/4G spectrum in AJK and GB

12 Oct 2021

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has awarded spectrum licences for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to a trio of mobile operators, following the completion of the auction process in late September. Cellcos Zong, Telenor Pakistan and Ufone were each awarded additional spectrum for the region for the provision of 3G and 4G services. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the auction comprised frequencies in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, with the former split into two 2×5MHz blocks and five lots of 2×1.2MHz whilst the latter was sold as six lots of 2×5MHz. Each of the trio claimed one of the 2×1.2MHz blocks in the 1800MHz band, whilst Zong won the remaining 2×10MHz in that band for USD14.398 million after 18 rounds of bidding against rival cellco Jazz. In the 2100MHz range, meanwhile, Telenor was awarded 2×15MHz at the base price of USD13.05 million.