In addition to the already proposed third-generation (3G) cellular technology,
”The Information Memorandum (IM) is in its final stages and includes recommendation for selling some spectrum in 1,800 megahertz (MHz), a popular band for 4G technology,“ a well-informed source told
The IM is the main policy document that carries details relating to the spectrum auction. A team of international consultants from
To be published anytime this month, the IM is one of the final steps leading to the auction ceremony.
”The recommendation for 4G spectrum will be subject to the government’s approval but PTA is very optimistic about a positive response,“ the official said, hinting this would only be a formality.
As per last year’s policy directive of the
However, experts say the proposed 1,900-2,100 MHz band is the most famous one for 3G service - an indication the country would receive the same.
Experts argue that while
If approved by the government, the decision to sell 4G spectrum would be in line with what the experts have been suggesting lately.
”Along with 3G, the government should auction whatever spectrum is available in the 4G band because it is in the greater national interest,“ former chief of
By putting 4G spectrum on auction, the government would be able to raise a higher amount and the consumers would get advanced technology at the same time, Iftikhar said. The government expects to raise
It is justified to ask for 4G, which already covers 20% of the global population and is projected to cover half the world by 2017, Iftikhar wrote in one of his columns published in this newspaper.
There will be nearly a billion 4G connections by 2017 with one in five mobile broadband connections to be 4G/LTE, leaping from the current 176 million, he said.
3G is much cheaper for the ultimate users because of the economies of scale, according to Iftikhar, but 4G offers higher speed - much needed for future needs of the consumers and their machines.
Wireless broadband would become available immediately and cheaply through 3G while actual groundwork would begin for 4G, if auctioned, Iftikhar said. ”Even if we sell 4G spectrum today, it will take the service providers about a year to launch the service,“ he added.Y
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