Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has decided to challenge Lahore High Court’s decision of declaring the DTH auction illegal.
The Lahore High Court last December rendered the auction invalid and asked authority to start the whole process again, starting from inviting new applications for the auction.
In an authority meeting today, PEMRA was questioned why it hasn’t filed the case with Supreme Court. The authority has thus asked Chairman PEMRA to file a petition in Supreme Court at his earliest.
The decision came after GEO TV challenged the PEMRA’s regulations in Lahore High Court which excluded broadcasters from bidding and gave a special exemption to foreigners to have management control.
Last November, PEMRA gave the approval to 12 out of 16 companies for taking part in the bid for DTH license auction. It sold 3 DTH (Direct To Home) licenses to Mag Communications, Shahzad Sky and Startimes Communications obtaining 15 years long license for providing for PKR 4,898 million (4.898 billion) each, after 15 hours long auction.
It has been more than a decade since we’ve been promised a DTH connection in Pakistan. When introduced, DTH will provide unparallel sound and video quality as compared to the one offered by cables.