Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has finalized all arrangements to conduct much-awaited auction of 3G and 4G licenses here on Wednesday.
An official at PTA on Tuesday said with mock-auction completed, all operators will now enter into the final round of auction where they would bid for their desired spectrum.
PTA has not revealed any information regarding type (3G or 4G) and amount of spectrum that operators will bid for, however, a total of 30 Mhz in 2100Mhz band while 20Mhz in 1800Mhz band will be auctioned in lots.
Four cellular companies of the country will take part in bid from their head-offices through Internet, an auction hall is being setup in Islamabad where PTA officials, members of auction committee and media will be present to witness the auction.
In the first phase, services will be available in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta and later on in other cities from each of the four provinces.
The second phase, which will start a year and a half after the auction, envisions the expansion of 3G services to about 80 more cities. In the third phase, which will begin about four years from now, 90 per cent of all tehsil headquarters will have access to 3G services.
According to reports, the cellular companies will be bound to provide 3G, 4G service within three to four days after the auction.