3G auction will be delayed for several months again

ISLAMABAD (SPECIAL REPORT)

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has failed to finalize the consultant for auctioning 3G licenses, a necessary procedure as per PEPRA rules for public sector auctions, we have confirmed with sources.

According to sources at PTA, a total of three applications were received by authority against its advertisement for appointment of consultant for carrying out 3G spectrum auction.

Sources familiar with the situation said that two applicants were excluded on technical grounds while third application didn’t meet merit limits laid by PTA.

Sources, who wanted not to be named, said that one company applying for consultant was from India and hence was over ruled amid security clearance. Another applicant, from England, was disqualified as it didn’t submit the processing fee required for evaluation.

Third applicant, which was fulfilling all the necessary prerequisites laid in PTA’s advertisement, wasn’t finalized as according to PEPRA rules there must be at least two contestants to win a project/bid.

Under such circumstances, it appears that , which can eventually knock out all the chances of 3G coming to Pakistan.

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