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PTA confirms Jazz and Telenor have submitted licence fee

31 May 2022

Industry watchdog the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed that mobile providers Telenor Pakistan and Jazz have paid a combined total of PKR19.39 billion (USD97.0 million – although the PTA notes that the fee is equivalent to USD98.49 million) towards the third instalment of their respective licence renewal fees. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the pair disputed the cost of the renewal of their concessions in early 2019 when the PTA provided updated terms for the licences, including a price increase, just weeks before their authorisations were due to expire. Pakistan’s courts eventually sided with the regulator in August 2021 on the basis that the PTA has the power to set the licence fee as it sees fit. Jazz agreed to the PTA’s new terms and renewed its concession in October that year whilst Telenor followed suit in December, albeit ‘under protest’ and maintaining its right to continue its dispute with the PTA. At the time of the renewals the PTA said that Jazz and Telenor had each paid USD333.6 million of the USD449.2 million fee.

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