PTA Postponed 3G Cellular Mobile Licence Auction
Islamabad (March 8, 2012) – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has postponed auction of 3G Mobile Broadband License. On PTA Official website following alert/message is published :
“The current schedule of Mobile Cellular Auction is under review. Fresh dates will be posted in due course of time”
Question and Answers about 3G Auction
1) Bidding & Timetable
a) What is the timeframe for return of Earnest money to unsuccessful bidder(s)?
Ans i) Within 30 working days from the auction date, on request.
b) What if the winner fails to meet financial obligations?
Ans i) The next highest bidder will be offered the License/Spectrum at the highest bidding price with the following conditions:
Ans (1) Pay earnest money within 9 working days from the date of the offer extended by PTA, if the same is already not available with the Authority
Ans (2) Meet all payment conditions of 50% and 100% Auction money payments within the specified timeframe which are: within 30 and 60 working days from the offer date.
c) Are the words ‘Expression of Interest’ and ‘Application Form’ synonyms i.e. they mean the same?
Ans i) No. Expression of Interest is an indication by the prospective investor that it is interested in the spectrum, is seriously evaluating and in the process of due-diligence for the License/Spectrum. It is expected that the EoI will be submitted much ahead of application filing (could be now) and will enable the investor to ask questions and be officially responded by PTA.
Ans ii) However, Application submission is a more serious step and we expect that by that time the investor has made up its mind to participate in the auction and will furnish all those details and forms mentioned in the IM. The last date for application submission is March 9, 2012.
d) Is there any cost associated with the submission of the EoI and Application form?
Ans i) There is no cost associated with the submission of the EoI. However, the application shall be submitted with a payment of US $ 1,000 as indicated in the IM.
2) Consortium or Multiple Ownership
a) Would change of consortiums be allowed by PTA?
Ans i) Consortium change will be allowed only after the issuance of the License as per the terms and conditions of the License.
3) Services in AJK and GB
a) Will the winner of the spectrum for Pakistan be allowed to provide services in AJK and GB?
Ans i) No
b) When will the winner of the new License/spectrum for Pakistan be allowed to provide services in AJK and GB?
Ans i) After the announcement of policy for AJK & GB and fulfilling its relevant IM requirements.
c) Will the winner of the new mobile cellular License/ spectrum in Pakistan who is also Pakistan Telecommunication Authority