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Frequency Allocations FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: What is meant by frequency allocation?

Ans: Allocation (of a frequency band): Entry in the Table of Frequency Allocations of a given frequency band for the purpose of its use by one or more terrestrial or space radio communication services or the radio astronomy service under specified conditions. This term shall also be applied to the frequency band concerned.

Q2: What is meant by frequency allotment?

Ans: Allotment (of a radio frequency or radio frequency channel): Entry of a designated frequency channel in an agreed plan, adopted by a competent conference, for use by one or more administrations for a terrestrial or space radio communication service in one or more identified countries or geographical areas and under specified conditions.

Q3: What is meant by frequency assignment?

Ans: Assignment (of a radio frequency or radio frequency channel): Authorization given by an administration for a radio station to use a radio frequency or radio frequency channel under specified conditions.

Q4: Does FAB have the authority to grant license for a Telecommunication or Broadcasting service?

Ans: No. The licensing authority for Telecommunication services is PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) and for Broadcasting services is PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority). FAB (Frequency Allocation Board) has the authority to allocate, assign and manage the frequency spectrum required for a telecommunication or broadcast service.

Q5: Does FAB directly process the frequency assignment applications ?

Ans: No, the frequency assignment applications are processed through the respective licensing authority i.e. PTA for Telecommunication services and PEMRA for Broadcast Services.

Q6: Once a frequency has been assigned to a specific operator, are they required to get approval for every transmitting station operating on the same frequency?

Ans: Yes. As per the provisions of the Pakistan Telecom Re-Organization Act, no transmitting station can be installed in the country without prior approval from FAB.

Q7: Can FAB HQs allocate or assign frequency spectrum on its own?

Ans: No. Spectrum is allocated and assigned by the Board, the composition of which is as follows:

Secretary Cabinet Division Chairman

Executive Director FAB Vice-Chairman

Ministry of Defence Member

Ministry of IT Member

Chairman PTA Member

Chairman PEMRAMember

Ministry of Interior Member

Ministry of Information Broadcasting Member