PTA confirms Telenor licence renewal

15 Dec 2021

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed that Telenor Pakistan renewed its licence on 10 December 2021. The watchdog noted that the price for the renewal was USD449.2 million, of which Telenor has already paid USD333.64 million, and that the 15-year licence features ‘enhanced terms and conditions for coverage and quality of service’. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the Norwegian-owned cellco’s GSM licence was due for renewal in 2019 but the operator protested against the terms of the updated licence agreement, including a price hike and the requirement to pay the fee in US dollars rather than Pakistani rupees. Telenor’s legal challenge is ongoing and is currently before the Supreme Court. The Islamabad High Court dismissed the case in August this year, on the basis that it is within the scope of the regulator’s power to set licence fees.