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Mobile spectrum auction for Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan fetch $30 million

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has conducted a spectrum auction for next-generation mobile services in 1800 MHz band in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

All of the four cellular mobile operators including Jazz, Telenor, Zong, and Ufone qualified as bidders participated in the auction process.

The auction started at 10:30am in PTA Islamabad headquarters on Tuesday today and would continue until all auction proceedings and process have been completed. The base price for 2×1 MHz (1 MHz paired) spectrum in 1800 MHz bands is $0.87 million.

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Mobile spectrum auction completed

The electronic auction was participated by two operators: CMPak (Zong) & PMCL (Jazz) for 1800 MHz band. The electronic auction went up to 18 rounds and was concluded by declaring Zong as the winner of 10 MHz (2 blocks of 5 MHz) in 1800 MHz band against the price of $14.398 million.

The spectrum sold in 1800 MHz band is 85% of the total offered spectrum in the said band for AJ&K and GB. Furthermore, Telenor, Ufone and Zong have also won 1.2 MHz in 1800 MHz band.

Telenor Pakistan is declared winner in 2100 MHz band for a spectrum of 15 MHz against the set base price. The spectrum sold in 2100 MHz band is 50% of the total offered spectrum in the said band.

The total revenue generated from this spectrum auction process for AJK & GB stands at over $30 million.

The spectrum auction will provide improved quality of service to the consumers of AJK and GB and enhance coverage footprint for Voice and Data services which will positively impact the tourism sector of the regions.

PTA is conducting the auction process with the assistance of an internationally reputed consultant joint venture of Telconet and Frontier Economics who are onboard since April 2021.

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