3G, 4G technology auction not possible till composition of PTA board: Senate body

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication, Senator Muhammad Zahid Khan on Thursday maintaining the decision of the Senate Standing Committee directed that the auction of 3G and 4G technology should not be done till the composition of PTA board.

The Senate body met here under the chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Zahid Khan including member Syed Faisal Raza Abidi and special invitee Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan; Minister for IT Anusha Rehman; Secretary IT and Secretary Law and Justice also attended the meeting and discussed the legal status of the ASC and the forthcoming 3G and 4G auction.

The Chairman said that defaulter companies and government departments should not be included in auction as it is not justified that government is bidding, and government companies are participating in the bid.

He said that the auction of 3G spectrum should be done first and after some period the auction of 4G should be initiate to receive more funds.

Secretary Law and Justice told the committee that after directions of the Supreme Court, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has appointed member finance and member technical through commission, while advertisement has been given for the appointment of member compliance and enforcement, and so far 62 applications were received.

The Chairman said that Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has already given a decision that till the formation of PTA board the process of auction for 3G and 4G technology should not be initiated.

Senator Faisal Raza Abidi said that the High Court has already given the decision for appointment of third member and added that three billion dollars can be received, if the process of auction was kept transparent.