After long wait the next generation technology auction process start.Ministry of IT has issued policy directive regarding “Spectrum Auction for Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan” to PTA on 7th October 2013. The policy directive pertains to auction of spectrum for next generation mobile services in Pakistan (including 3G and advanced generations).
PTA is entrusted to carry out the auction in the most transparent manner in the shortest possible time. In this regard, PTA will hire the services of a consultant.
According to the directive, the allocation of the spectrum will be technology neutral and auction will be open for new entrants as well. Also, auction winners will encourage and facilitate local manufacturing, transfer of technology and research and innovation in telecom sector of Pakistan.
PTA has informed that auction will be complete by end February 2014.
There is still speculation regarding auction still priests. The action chairman can fullfil its new responsibility as per PTA act 1996 have no provision for Acting chairman. Islamabad high court have issued verdict in this regards. Telecom authority complete with three members one post of enforcement and compliance still vacant. Cabinet division may be advertise same post again. Then selection process may be complete.