Tuesday, 27 October 2009

USD 5 million and you can be an MVNO – Pakistan

The PTA (Pakistan Telecommunications Authority) has announced that MVNOs may be licensed at the cost of USD 5 millions. This will provide the operator with a 10 year authorisation to provide mobile services as an MVNO.

This decision forms part of the PTA’s new document, “Framework for MNVO services in Pakistan.” The document sets out how MVNOs will be brought into the market and provides guidelines as well as procedure.

Once an MVNO and MNO have agreed terms they must both approach the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan for permission to enter into such an agreement contractually. Significant changes to the agreement must also be ratified by the SEC and successful MVNOs may not build out their own infrastructure.