ISLAMABAD: To enhance the top quality and outreach of mobile telephone in addition to broadband solutions in Azad Jammu and also Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), the Ministry of Infotech as well as Telecommunication (MoITT) on Thursday released policy instructions to the regulator for the public auction of spectrum in the regions.
The federal government likewise authorized extra spectrum for the state-owned telecommunications driver– Special Communications Organisation(SCO )– in AJK and also GB. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority( PTA)is anticipated to release the Info Memorandum (IM )after getting the policy instruction to all the five cellular operators in the area.
Presently, five operators are giving cellular mobile services in AJK and also GB consisting of the SCO, Jazz, Telenor, Zong and Ufone. The SCO– a subsidiary of MoITT– was established in 1976 to develop, run as well as keep all telecom services in AJK as well as GB. The government set the base price of$0.87 million for each and every megahertz
(MHz )in 1,800 MHz and 2,100 MHz band, and 16 MHz range in 1,800 MHz band as well as 30 MHz spectrum in the 2,100 MHz have been positioned for public auction to the 4 mobile drivers for 15 years. Nevertheless, added spectrum of 10 MHz in both the 1,800 MHz and 2,100 MHz bands
has actually been authorized for SCO. The auction will be useful for the governments of both the regions as a significant amount out of the public auction earnings will be moved to the AJK as well as GB Councils by the PTA.
The plan instruction by the IT ministry said that a significant rise in the need of mobile broadband
services has been seen specifically throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.” This ever-increasing dependence on mobile broadband services demanded the demand for accessibility of more ranges to satisfy the connectivity demands of the people of AJK as well as GB,”the ministry stated.