Islamabad: 30th June, 2017
4G License formally handed over to successful bidder, JAZZ
Technology neutral license for the 10 MHz of frequency spectrum 1800 MHz has been handed over to the successful bidder, JAZZ Pakistan in a “License awarding Ceremony” which was held here at Q block pak Secretariat Islamabad today.Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Minister for IT & Telecom Mrs. Anusha Rahman formally handed over 4G license to Mr. Aamir Ibrahim CEO Jazz. The newly awarded license will also enable JAZZ to launch 4G Services in Pakistan and would become third 4G operator in the Country.
Anusha Rahman, while congratulating JAZZ, MOIT, PTA and FAB teams, stated that MOIT has made history by conducting 3 spectrum auctions in last 3 years. Jazz has played a significant role in the sector during the last few years. JAZZ successfully participated in recent 4G spectrum auction and won the bid as a sole bidder and have invested billions in Pakistan's Telecom sector being the oldest player in the market. Anusha Rahman further said that under the leadership of PM Nawaz Sharif the broad penetration has increased phenomenally, and the broadband penetration which was less then 3% in 2013, has grown to more than 29%.The new 4G license to JAZZ will further enable taking high speed connectivity and the associated socio economic benefits and opportunities to the Pakistani citizens.
While expressing his gratitude to the Government,Mr Aamir Ibrahim, CEO, JAZZ Pakistan, said, “JAZZ is committed to supporting Pakistan’s efforts to become a digitally developed nation. He further said that our success to date has been built on a simple realization: mobile communication, financial services and internet are not luxury goods for the few; they are for everyone. He extended his heartfelt felicitation to the Minister for three transparent and successful spectrum auctions within just three years and for her key initiatives towards expanding the overall digital ecosystem in the country.
Secretary IT Mr. Rizwan Bashir also congratulated JAZZ and appreciated the role of his team at MoIT, PTA, FAB for carrying out another successful and transparent spectrum auction. Chairman PTA, Members (Telecom, Legal, IT & HR), Senior Officials from FAB and MoIT were also present in this license awarding ceremony.