Pakistan Telecommunication Authority hints out to auction the next generate 3G and 4G spectrum for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) & Gilgit and Baltistan (GB) is approaching very close in near future.
Moreover, PTA did not give any details about the news; rather posted a quite unclear statement posted on its official website:
The process for Next Generation Mobile services Award has already begun and soon people of AJ&K and GB will enjoy the high speed wireless broadband services in their areas.
In April 2014, 3G and 4G spectrum auction was held in Pakistan did not include Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) & Gilgit and Baltistan (GB) regions. According to PTA, the regulators had asked AJK government’s consent for allowing operators to roll out 3G/4G services in the regions. This request is required to be approved by the Kashmir Council.
It is still not cleared by PTA that 3G/4G spectrum in AJK and GB will be auctioned via fresh bidding or the already licensed operators will roll out their individual spectrum as stated by their particular spectrum block sizes against a flat fixed fee. As per PTA, the decision is based on the policy directive from MoIT, which will be issued after the approval of consent of Kashmir Council.
The complete statement issued on PTA official website is given below:
In Pakistan, currently five cellular mobile operators i.e. Telenor Pakistan, Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited (PMCL/Mobilink), PTML (Ufone), Warid Telecom and China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) are providing services using GSM, UMTS and LTE technology.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB), there are six cellular mobile operators i.e. Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone, CMPak, Warid and Special Communication Organization (SCO) are providing services in the said area. The operators have covered most part of the AJ&K and have also extended services to main localities of GB.
Now, as a result of this, mobile services with data facilities are available in far flung mountainous areas of the country. The process for Next Generation Mobile services Award has already begun and soon people of AJ&K and GB will enjoy the high speed wireless broadband services in their areas.