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The government has given one more month to the extension of Jazz and Telenor and their services will not be suspended till May 25 I.e. the due date for expiry of two operators’ licenses.

Currently, there are four cellular mobile operators in Pakistan i.e. Telenor Pakistan, Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited (PMCL/Jazz), PTML (Ufone),

And China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak/Zong) are providing services using GSM, WCDMA, and LTE, etc.

Jazz and Telenor

There are six cellular mobile operators i.e. Jazz, Telenor, Ufone, CMPak, Warid and Special Communication Organization (SCO) are providing services.

This was revealed by Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Major Gen (Retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa while speaking with PakPeek.

Bajwa said that according to the policy directives, the services of both mobile companies would not be suspended as the government has given them extension till June 25, 2019.

The cellular mobile licenses of Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (ex Warid/Jazz) and Telenor Pakistan Limited (Telenor) are going to expire on May 25, 2019, and are due for renewal.

The new price for the right to use frequency spectrum included in the licenses being renewed shall be in agreement with per MHz price benchmarks from the frequency spectrum.

Auctions of 2016 and 2017 i.e. per MHz price for frequency spectrum in 900 MHz and 1800 MHz shall be USD 39.5 million and USD 29.5 million, personally.

While briefing Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Bajwa said that roll-out obligations and quality of services would be upgraded in the renewal of licenses.

He said that if an operator had to cover tehsil headquarter earlier only, now they would have to cover 100 percent tehsil with data and voice services.