In early March 2012, the PTA announced that it was delaying elements of the auction schedule. The delay in the auction is due to a number of issues.
Talk of 3G licensing started in earnest in Pakistan in 2008, with announcements suggesting that licensing was imminent that year. The regulator is keen that the auction will attract new entrants to the Pakistani mobile market. However, delays to the auction and other issues suggest that new entrants are unlikely.