Committee Headed by Finance Minister Expected to Conclude Determination of 5G Spectrum Size and Band This Week

The Advisory Committee, led by Caretaker Finance Minister Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, is poised to conclude its assessment of the 5G spectrum auction, totaling 282 MHz, within the week. The committee, approved by the caretaker federal cabinet, is evaluating spectrum availability in bands ranging from 700 MHz to 2100 MHz for the impending 5G services auction. Despite the government’s claim of possessing sufficient spectrum in designated 5G bands, Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) are exercising caution amid economic uncertainties surrounding the 5G launch.

Official sources reveal allocations of 30 MHz in the 2100 band, with an additional 15 MHz for auction, and 5 MHz in the 2300 band, leaving 95 MHz available. In the 2600 band, the government holds 54 MHz, while 140 MHz is under litigation. The committee’s responsibilities extend to reviewing and endorsing IMT/5G Policy Guidelines for the timely spectrum auction and examining policy directives for telecom reforms and 5G spectrum release.

To bolster spectrum management, the Ministry has drafted a “Framework for Frequency Spectrum re-farming,” allowing dynamic allocation for applications like 4G, 5G, and broadband wireless access. Aligned with Telecom Policy 2015, this framework empowers the government to reallocate spectrum to optimize usage, ensuring alignment with the best social and economic interests of Pakistan. These measures signify pivotal steps in fortifying Pakistan’s telecommunications landscape and harnessing the transformative potential of 5G technology.