IT minister, operators discuss 3G auction regime

KARACHI: The government will include suggestions of all stakeholders, particularly the cellular mobile operators, prior to the next generation spectrum auction (3G).

All elements of the framework would be structured for the benefit of the public and to ensure maximum investment into rollout of networks, and financial viability of the mobile broadband market, said Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman at a meeting with CEOs and representatives of cellular operators in Islamabad.

The minister gave due consideration to the suggestions presented during the meeting.

There was a consensus that improvement of both the auction regime and the requirements of ensuing market development based on principles of fairness, level-playing and proportionate forbearing regulation of markets for the benefit of the Pakistani consumers is essential.

Cellular operators assured the minister of their continued support and all endeavors to constructively contribute towards the success of the auction to the mutual benefit of the government, the sector and most importantly the general public.