$1.2b earned from 3G, 4G auction deposited to kitty



STAFF REPORT ISB: The government of Pakistan has earned $1.2 billion from the sale of 3G and 4G licences and had been deposited in the national exchequer.

“Chinese mobile company Zong, the winner of the 3G and 4G licences, has paid the amount in dollars and Telenor tand Mobilink has made 50 per cent of the due payment,” Minister for ITandT Anusha Rehman informed the National Assembly.

According to a report of Plum – a consulting firm of the UK – 900,000 jobs are expected to be created in Pakistan in the next five years after the launch of 3G and 4G services, Anusha Rehman said.

In reply to a question, she said that the government is working hard to introduce e-governance and in the first phase work had started to bring five offices under this umbrella.Answering another question, the minister said that no formal report had been submitted to the Ministry of Information Technology by the sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications about the auction of the 3G/4G Spectrum.

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