Sector regulator the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has completed the evaluation process for the selection of a consultant to assist with the upcoming sale of 3G licences. The watchdog began reviewing the financial bids of the five bidders to pass the technical assessment stage on 23 November, and announced in a press release yesterday that Value Partner Management Consulting (VPMC), a consortium of US, UK, Singaporean and Spanish consultants, was the winner. VPMC will now help draft an Information Memorandum (IM) – a policy document for the auction – and assist with determining auction method and base prices. In a statement from the regulator, the PTA noted that in its selction, it had created committees to evaluate the consultants’ bids, in line with the rules of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the most recent attempt to allocate the frequencies was derailed in early 2012 by suspicions of foul play in the selection process for consultants. The PTA had not followed the instructions of oversight body the Auction Supervisory Committee (ASC), hand-picking its shortlist of candidate consultants rather than forming an evaluation committee to assess the applications.
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