The caretaker federal cabinet is expected to approve the terms of reference (TORs) and the formation of the Advisory Committee for the country’s IMT/5G spectrum auction.
IMT/5G Spectrum Auction
According to official sources, the caretaker cabinet will discuss the formation of the advisory committee and the terms of reference for the country’s next auction at its next meeting.
The committee would evaluate the availability of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 2600 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2100 MHz bands, according to the ToRs.
Furthermore, with the input of concerned stakeholders, it would consider and approve telecom reforms to encourage investment and increase mobile broadband proliferation in the country.
The committee would review and approve IMT/5G Policy Guidelines for the timely auction of available spectrum in the country for IMT/5G services.
The body would also review the market assessment report and approve the next steps based on the recommendations of the reputed consultant.
It is hired by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for the auction design/relevant aspects of an investment-friendly IMT/5G spectrum release in order to maximize spectrum utilization in accordance with the Digital Pakistan vision.
The committee would review and approve federal government policy directives for recommended telecom reforms and the release of IMT/5G spectrum in Pakistan.
According to sources, the advisory committee will be chaired by the caretaker finance minister.
The ECC approved a summary for the release of IMT spectrum for the improvement of Next Generation mobile broadband services in Pakistan at its most recent meeting.
The ECC approved the formation of an advisory committee and its terms of reference for the release of unsold IMT Spectrum.
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