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PTA officials estimate that a 3G auction could raise $1 billion in annual license fees.—File Photo
PTA officials estimate that a 3G auction could raise $1 billion in annual license fees.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the federation to complete the process of appointing Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and its members within ten days and present the report before the court.

The apex court also directed to finalise the auction of 3-G license within two months time.

The directions were given by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during the hearing of 3-G technology case.

During the course of proceedings, counsel for the petitioner Ali Raza appeared before the bench and informed the court that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had already issued directions for the appointment of PTA chairman and members and that the IHC had also directed to seek fresh applications for the purpose.

However, the court observed that the applications sought on June 14 were not canceled and the process of seeking applications was still ongoing.

Deputy Attorney General Imran apprised the court that under the process 165 applications were received which were sent to the prime minister for the approval who had constituted a committee on it.

The bench inquired about the completion time for the whole appointment process, upon which the DAG replied that it would not take more than two weeks.

The chief justice remarked that due to delay in appointments the authority was already facing huge financial loss.

Ali Raza told the bench that there were a few other applications pending in the Lahore High Court as well; however the bench observed that while a committee had been constituted by the prime minister, the whole matter should not take more than a week.

The chief justice remarked that due to the non-auction of 3G, the national exchequer had to bear loss of billions of rupees.

After the break, the secretary cabinet appeared before the court and informed it that the government had suspended the June 14 advertisement for appointments.

Later, the bench ordered that the appointments in PTA be completed in ten days and the process of auction of 3G licenses be completed within 60 days.

The hearing was adjourned for further hearing until September 16.

Comments (11) Closed

sherry Sep 02, 2013 10:29pm

hey, The best way to using internet so many people waiting for 3g internet technology . Thank you

Waheed Sep 02, 2013 10:39pm

It;s time for 4G

Khalid Sep 02, 2013 11:31pm

Forget G3 and go to G4 straight and save lot of money. It would be better to goto G4 straight.

SHAZ Sep 03, 2013 02:03am

Why we need 3G when it is not feasible. Pakistan shuold skip 3G and go for 4G instead.

sheryar Sep 03, 2013 10:53am

the world has moved to 4G and we still cant get hold of 3G

Shah Sep 03, 2013 11:29am

What does CJ or SC know about 3G/Telecom Industry and what do they have to do with its auction or otherwise.

Brotus Sep 03, 2013 01:02pm

could anyone explain to me what is 3G and 4G.wht will be the cost impact if v will go for 4G instead of 3G.

Taha Lateef Sep 03, 2013 01:29pm

Get 3G or 3.5G and then in the next couple of years go for 4G. Most of the mobiles still don't support 4G and that do are on the more expensive end that will drain more forex for mobile imports. Condisering the internet bandwidth usage patterns in the country and the reasons that internet is currently used for, 3G should be enough for the time being.

Fahad Zaki Sep 03, 2013 02:01pm

This is good news. Thank you SC.

-- I see that some people are saying in the comments section that Pakistan should go for 4G instead of 3G and seem to imply that 4G is faster than 3G. That is not always the case. There are so many ways to implement 4G: WiMAX, LTE, HSPA+ 21/42 etc. I'm not sure if our government has done its homework on this technology. I'm not sure if the telcos are prepared for the 4G upgrade.

-- I think it's about time that the government got its act together and brought 3G to Pakistan.

Ajaz Haque Sep 03, 2013 05:24pm

This is an Administrative matter entirely under the ambit of the federal government and the Telecom Authority. How is it any of Supreme Court's business. Didn't the CJ just say that all institutions should work within their own ambit, or does that not apply to the SC?

The SC should only get involved where they see irregularities and not in the normal course.

a Sep 04, 2013 06:42pm

we are implementing a technology that is obsolete