Govt to conduct third round of spectrum auction: Anusha

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APP75-06 ISLAMABAD: February 06 - Minister of State for IT, Mrs. Anusha Rahman while chairing Spectrum Auction Advisory Committee meeting. APP

ISLAMABAD, Feb 6 (APP): Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecom Anusha Rahman on Monday said that government was committed to conduct the third round of spectrum auction in most transparent and professional manner as were done earlier in 2014 & 2016 respectively.
Chairing an inaugural meeting of the Auction Advisory Committee held here she said that during last three years, the government has successfully done two rounds of next generation spectrum (3G/4G) auction, said a news release.
Anusha Rehman said that this is the last available spectrum block from the initially allocated spectrum in 2014 and is an opportunity for the telecom companies to enhance their spectrum capacity and provide high quality broadband services as per demand of the growing consumer’s base in the country.
Chairman PTA, Syed Ismail Shah apprised the committee of the consultant’s report on Market Assessment for auction of spectrum.
It was informed in the meeting that industry and sector has witnessed an exponential growth in result of these auctions.
There was a phenomenal increase in the number of subscribers of broadband user in telecom sector where the broadband density today is surpassing 27%, she added.
As a result of ongoing market expansion, Government has decided to consider auctioning the last available spectrum of 10MHz in 1800MHz.
This advisory committee is mandated to determine the base price of spectrum and propose a policy directive for the purpose.
Prime Minister of Pakistan has constituted an Advisory Committee for auction of this spectrum which is headed by MoS IT & Telecom Anusha Rahman while Special Assistants to PM for Law, Secretary IT, Secretary Finance, Secretary Law, Chairman PTA, ED FAB and Member telecom are the members of this committee.
Member Telecom has also been appointed as “Committee Secretary”.