ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday decided to make an appropriate amount of spectrum available to the industry for enhancing the ever-evolving requirements of international quality data services for Pakistani consumers.
In a meeting focused on frequency spectrum demand, chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and briefed by Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) Anusha Rehman, it was proposed that auction of 850 MHz frequency may precede the auction of 1,800 MHz.
The finance minister agreed to the proposal and directed that the process may be expedited with complete transparency.
All stakeholders, including Ministry of IT and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), would work together to conclude further procedural measures for making requisite spectrum available through the auction process.
The meeting reviewed the spectrum demand scenario while considering the market assessment report of PTA and the evolving data growth due to mobile broadband uptake.
Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, Attorney General for Pakistan Ashter Ausaf, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Law Barrister Zafarullah, members of Spectrum Advisory Committee and senior officials of Ministry of IT, Ministry of Finance, PTA and FAB also participated in the meeting.