On 23rd November 2016, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has decided to hold open bidding for Direct to Home (DTH) license auction as the authority has dismissed pressure from cable operators.
Few the past few days, cable operators were demanding to cancel DTH license and postpone this process for three years by holding press conferences in all the major cities around the country.
During the 121st meeting of PEMRA on Monday, the authority shortlisted 12 companies out of total 16 companies for participation in the bidding of DTH licenses. The names of 12 approved companies are provided here below:
- M/s. Orient Electronics (Pvt.) Ltd., Lahore
- M/s. Mag Entertainment (Pvt.) Ltd., Lahore.
- M/s. Skyflix (Pvt.) Ltd., Islamabad.
- M/s. Startimes Communications (Pvt.) Ltd., Islamabad.
- M/s. Sardar Builders (Pvt.) Ltd., Islamabad.
- M/s. Smart Sky (Pvt.) Ltd., Islamabad.
- M/s. Parus Media & Broadcast (Pvt.) Ltd., Islamabad.
- M/s. Naya Tel (Pvt.) Ltd., Islamabad.
- M/s. Mastro Media Distribution (Pvt.) Ltd. Islamabad.
- M/s. Shahzad Sky (Pvt.) Ltd. Islamabad (formerly M/s Shahzad CGG (Pvt.) Ltd. Islamabad).
- M/s. HB DTH (Pvt.) Ltd. Islamabad.
- M/s IQ Communication (Pvt.) Ltd. Karachi.
Following are the companies that could not qualify for the bidding process:
- Vision Broadcast
- Link Dot Net Pakistan,
- World Call Telecom
- Sharif Feed Mills (Pvt.) Limited
PEMRA says that in case of enough eligible applicants during the auction, it will auction three licenses for Direct to Home distribution service.
The abovementioned companies will be called on 23rd November 2016 for bidding process. The successful bidders will be required to fulfill all legal requirements, pay required fee and taxes and acquired approval from authority.