ISLAMABAD: Technology neutral license for the 10 Mhz of frequency spectrum 850 Mhz has been handed over to the successful bidder, Telenor Pakistan.
Minister for Information Technology Telecom Anusha Rahman formally handed over 850 Mhz license to Telenor Pakistan CEO Michal Foley in a ceremony held at the ministry. The new entitle CEO – Irfan Wahab – was also present at the event. “The newly awarded license will enable the cellular company to launch 4G services in Pakistan and would become the third 4G operator in the country,” said Rahman.
She said that Telenor has played a significant role in the sector during the last few years and successfully participated in all 3 spectrum auctions held in last 12 years.
Telenor also played a significant role with other operators in Biometrics Sim verification process as well as extended their support in handling the menace of Gray Traffic. She also said that when she became the minister, the broadband penetration was less than 3% but within a shortest span, it grew to more than 19%. She said the target has now been set to cross 38% by 2020.
“Telenor is committed to supporting Pakistan’s efforts to become a digitally developed nation,” Michael Foley said. He extended his heartfelt felicitation to the minister for her nomination as “Broadband Commissioner” in the global Broadband Commission. He hailed the minister for her key initiatives towards expanding the overall digital ecosystem of the country.