3G is becoming a dream for Pakistanis:Doctor Khawar Siddique Khokhar has termed recent appointment of three consultants for 3G auction as illegal
It seems that 3G is becoming a dream for Pakistanis and a number of people are thinking y 3G why not 4G.A number of carriers like AT&T and Sprint in US has already implemented 4G.
Anyways auction of 3G spectrum is an ongoing tussle. THE News reported that Doctor Khawar Siddique Khokhar has termed recent appointment of three consultants for 3G auction as illegal and said it is a violation of PPRA rules and without approval of authority. He disclosed all this in a letter written to Principal Secretary to PM, cabinet secretary and secretary information technology.
PTA had announced in November that it hired three consultants for auction of 3G spectrum by early 2013.
Dr. Khawar Khokhar, in his letter showed total ignorance about these consultants and said that he came to know through media about all this.
On the otherhand Chairman PTA, Muhammad Farooq Awan is of the view that he has the authority to appoint such consultants without anyone’s permission.
Chairman PTA statement clearly shows the differences within PTA and between Member Technical and Chairman of PTA.
Earlier, Member Technical denied to brief media on 3G against the will of chairman PTA in October and had walked out of the press conference.
It maybe recalled that hiring process of consultants for 3G auction went unsuccessful twice, due to which the 3G auction has been delayed for over a year now.
PTA hired following three consultants at cost of USD$5,45,000 (PKR Rs 51,775,000) for three months.
- Mr. Dennis Ward : Spectrum Auction Deign Advisor
- Mr. Rob Nicholls :Valuation Advisor & Spectrum Regulatory Policy Advisor
- Mr. Martin Sims : Auctions Software Advisor