Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has invited Expression of Interest for Spectrum Sharing Framework. Spectrum Management is the process to regulate the use of radio frequencies in an efficient manner. Various technical and regulatory tools are used for the spectrum management and Spectrum Sharing is one such tool. Last date to apply for Consultations of Spectrum Sharing Framework is 4TH May 2018.
Increasing demands for radio frequency spectrum are placing more emphasis on making better use of spectrum. Availability of radio frequency spectrum for technological developments in telecom industry is crucial. Its demand is increasing day-by-day as new technologies emerge especially for wireless broadband services.
This has forced regulators to introduce measures to liberalize the markets. In order to meet the growing demands of radio frequency spectrum, the regulators have focused on latest trends in spectrum management. The objective of spectrum management is to maximize the social, economic and technological benefits from this natural resource.
For clear understanding of the subject PTA Share Telecom policy 2015 for spectrum trading:
Spectrum may be shared between any licensees with the necessary license conditions to enable the sharing.
- A spectrum sharing framework will be developed by PTA and PEMRA in consultation with FAB and stakeholders and will be subject to policy level approval by Federal Government (MolT).
- The applicant licensees will be required to jointly inform PTA/ PEMRA and FAB regarding intended sharing. PTA / PEMRA in consultation with FAB will determine whether the sharing is to be permitted taking into account its effect on competition, national security, compliance with national laws and policies and compliance with international obligations and international relations.
- Spectrum will not be traded by any licensee with the necessary license conditions until the licensee has fulfilled its payment obligations to GoP. Permission to share spectrum will not absolve the assigned licensee from any roll out and payment obligations that are conditions of its license or imposed by regulations.