Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Mr. Miftah Ismail presided over the first meeting of spectrum auction advisory committee for improvement of mobile broadband services in Pakistan at Finance Division today. Minister for Information Technology and Telecom Mr. Amin-ul-Haq, Minister of Economic Affairs Divison Sardar Ayaz Sadia, Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Power Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Coordinator to the PM on Commerce & Industry Rana Ihsan Afzal, Chairman PTA and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The committee was briefed about demand and supply and recommendations of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for release of available spectrum for Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) in Pakistan. It was also shared that 4G penetration is spectacularly increasing in the country which is really good for the development of the IT-related infrastructure in the county.
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The Finance Minister shared that present government is aiming at improving the mobile broadband services in Pakistan as this sector contributes heavily in the development of the country. The Committee unanimously decided to go for auction of 2100 MHz band in 5, 5 MHz bandwidth for 10 years using the current consultant’s report at net present value.