Following the government’s recent progress towards auction of next-generation mobile spectrum licences, the country is once again looking for high-speed mobile broadband services. But conducting a successful auction will certainly be a challenge for the government.
The telecom regulator is once again tasked with conducting a spectrum auction, though under different circumstances this time.
After remaining dysfunctional for more than a year, PTA finally looks set to revive its reputation as an independent regulator. However, the success of the auction will be a challenge for multiple reasons, ranging from strategy for spectrum auction to market forces and regulatory environment.
“Conducting a successful [spectrum] auction will be a challenge, of course,” said
This happened because the number of bidders and licences put on auction were the same, thus killing competition. Additionally, it divided the spectrum into small chunks of 5 MHz, which is not suitable for 3G.
“The government shouldn’t only focus on short-term gains by setting a very high price,” Iftikhar said. “Instead, it should impose stringent conditions for an early and nationwide rollout of the technology,” he said.
The base price for upcoming auction has to be evaluated by the consultants, who are yet to be hired, but as per old Information Memorandum, the base price for a single licence for 3G spectrum was
In the absence of a wholesome strategy,
With a possible acquisition of
Besides the auction strategy, the government has to improve the regulatory environment as well. High-speed internet can yield returns only when data services - like Whatsapp, Viber,
Moreover, Federal Information Minister
Rashid, according to media reports, proposed that the CEO of the telecom firm whose unverified SIM is used in any terrorist activity could be apprehended.
“Such kind of regulatory directives certainly hurt investors’ sentiments but we are in talks with both the federal and provincial governments to improve the regulatory environment,” said a government official who asked not to be named.
Talking about what the government can learn from the mistakes of
Admitting things have not evolved as expected, Iftikhar, the ICT consultant, insisted the country still has a better regulatory regime than regional peers. It is Pakistan’s independent regulatory regime that can attract investment, he said.
“We have the best regulatory regime in the region,” Iftikhar said. Explaining, he said legislation, regulation and operation are all separated, which is considered an ideal model.
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