3G auction ruling welcomed by telecom industry

Supreme Court on Monday instructed the federal government to appoint members and chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) within 10 days. It also instructed the government to complete the auction of 3G licenses within 60 days.

According to PTA rules the auction can not be completed in less than 90 days. According to Central Asia Cellular Forum there are 118 million mobile phone users in Pakistan. Mobile penetration has enabled young entrepreneurs and businesses to become more efficient. Most of the banks in Pakistan have adopted mobile banking. Telecom industry expects that the introduction of 3G services will increase their revenue per subscriber as well as revolutionize the quality of mobile services. Through 3G technology high speed internet and smarphone apps can be used by subscribers.

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