WE are the three consultants appointed to advise on Pakistan’s forthcoming 3-G auction. Between us we have over 60 years of experience in advising governments around the world on telecom issues and spectrum auctions.

Sadly, we are compelled to write this letter to defend our reputations following recent articles in other papers about Pakistan’s 3G auction process.

We have done nothing unlawful. We simply applied for the jobs advertised on the Telecoms Authority website, had interviews and signed a contractual agreement to carry out the job. We have acted entirely properly in this matter and will continue to do so.

We greatly welcome the involvement of Transparency International Pakistan to ensure that the auction is conducted properly.

As professionals we are committed to bringing 3G to Pakistan. The economic benefits will be huge: an enormous increase in broadband penetration that will allow Pakistan to promote programmes such as e-learning, e-government and e-medicine, to name a few.

It will also provide a welcome stimulus for the local software industry and massive potential efficiencies for businesses. This long-awaited modernisation of the mobile industry will put real money in the pockets of ordinary citizens all over Pakistan.

We are also committed to securing a fair price for the spectrum which neither undervalues a scarce public asset nor overvalues it, so mobile companies have no funds to invest in new services. In discussions with stakeholders we have created a detailed plan to deliver these objectives and are keen to execute that plan.

We seek your support, and the support of your readers, in bringing the benefits of 3G to Pakistan as soon as possible.

ROB NICHOLLS, MARTIN SIMS AND DENNIS WARD (Policy Tracker) London

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Javed Ashraf
December 26, 2012 5:10 am
No one has doubted either the capability or the intent of the consultants. The issue is an internal one whereby the proper procedure was not followed in engaging the consultants, hence leading to the controversy. The consultants should stay out of the debate otherwise they will unwittingly become a party.
YHS
December 26, 2012 5:42 am
Instead of adopting 3G, why authorities do not go for 4G ?
Farhan
December 26, 2012 12:05 pm
The original tender ad in the newspapers said 3G/LTE... As I understand LTE is 4G.. This should be clarified.
Abdul Rauf Mujahid
December 26, 2012 6:56 pm
yes u r right
Ahmed Noor
December 27, 2012 7:00 am
4G refers to anything that is able to offer data speeds of 100 Mbps for devices that are on the move and 1 Gbps for static devices, as defined by ITU. The official name for 4G is IMT-Advanced. While LTE ,theoretically, might be able to offer speeds of 100 Mbps, it does not quite fulfill the requirements of an IMT-Advanced (4G) system. Only LTE-Advanced and WiMAX Release 2 (IEEE 802.16m) are qualified to be titled IMT-Advanced (4G) systems, as stated by ITU in 2010. So technically speaking, LTE is an advanced version of 3G and should also be a part of the 3G tender, unless specifically stated otherwise. But an LTE system running on 2100 MHz might have compatibility issues.
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