Pakistan lays out regional spectrum auction plans

Pakistan lays out regional spectrum auction plans

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has outlined its plans for auctioning 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan regions.

According to a Memorandum of Understanding issued by the regulator, 2×16MHz of 1800MHz spectrum will be made available for bidding (two holdings of 2×5MHz and five of 2×1.2MHz), along with 2×30MHz of 2100MHz spectrum (split into six 2×5MHz blocks).

The PTA acknowledged that the 1800MHz holding in particular was not contiguous, stating that it would attempt to rectify this following the auction via a rationalisation process.

CommsUpdate reports that both frequencies had their reserve price set at US$870,000 per MHz, meaning a 2×5MHz block would have a base price of US$4.35 million and a 2×1.2MHz holding US$1.04 million. The licences have a validity period of 15 years.

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