FAQ

FM Radio

Q.1 Do I need a licence to establish a FM radio station?
Yes, for more information please visit PEMRA website licencing page.
Q.2 How can I apply for an FM Radio licence?
Whenever PEMRA invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) through advertisement in the newspapers and on PEMRA website: www.pemra.gov.pk, you may apply.
Q.3 What is the licencing procedure?
FM radio commercial licences are awarded through open bidding process, if there are more than one applications for the advertised city/area.
Q.4 What is the range of an FM station?
The range of FM station depends on the power of the transmitter. The maximum allowable coverage area allowed by PEMRA is 50 kilometers in radius.
Q.5 What is the range of FM radio frequencies?
FM radio frequency range is 88-108 MHz
Q.6 What is the licence fee?
Licence fee is determined on the basis of open and transparent bidding and varies from place to place. The minimum licence fee detail is provided on FM Radio licencing page of PEMRA website.
Q.7 Are there any DO’s and DON'Ts for FM Radio licensees?
Yes, PEMRA licencees are bound to comply with the code of conduct and PEMRA Ordinance, Rules and Regulations.
Q.8 Who is eligible to apply for an FM radio station?
A company registered with the Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan under the Companies Ordinance, 1984 is only eligible to apply for an FM station. For detail of eligibility conditions please visit FM Radio licencing page on PEMRA website.
Q.9 How much investment is required?
It is difficult to give an exact figure as it depends on the quality of the FM station and the current market prices. PEMRA as a policy promotes quality products.
Q.10 Are licences issued for specialized subject?
Yes, PEMRA issues FM radio licences both to the public and private sector educational institutions having Mass Communications Department or Media Studies Department. These licences are non commercial and purely for educational purposes.
Q.11 How to apply for specialized subject FM radio licence?
Statutory educational institutions may apply for specialized subject FM radio licence on prescribed Application Form. Applications are considered on case to case basis.
Q.12 Whom do I contact in case of a complaint?
Firstly, there are Regional General Mangers in the provinces and Islamabad. Secondly, there are Councils of Complaints headed by eminent citizens in all provinces including Islamabad. These are two forums where complaints should normally be lodged. However, in case of a serious complaint or a serious technical problem, D.G. (Operation) may be contacted. His contact number is 051-9107130.
Q.13 Where do I go for help?
Please call on +92-51-9107117

Satellite TV

Q.1 What is a Satellite TV?
Satellite TV is provision of television services through satellite. The Satellite Television channel is received anywhere in the world where the foot print or beam of the Satellite is received.
Q.2 Do I need a licence to establish a Satellite TV Station?
Yes, for more information please visit PEMRA Website licencing page.
Q.3 How to apply for Satellite TV Licence?
The Satellite TV Licences are issued to companies on case to case basis. The application form for Satellite TV licence, duly filled in, with requisite documents should be submitted to the PEMRA Headquarters, Islamabad. The application form is available on PEMRA website: www.pemra.gov.pk
Q.4 What is the range of a Satellite TV station?
The range of a Satellite TV Station depends upon foot print or coverage area of the Satellite being used.
Q.5 Which frequency band is used for Satellite TV Operation?
C-Band and KU-Band is used for Satellite TV.
Q.6 What is a licence fee?
Licence fee is fixed at Rs.2.5 million.
Q.7 Is there any application processing fee?
Yes, it is Rs.200,000/-
Q.8 Are there any DO’s and DONT’s for Satellite TV licensees?
Yes, PEMRA licensees are bound to comply with the Code of Conduct, PEMRA Ordinance , Rules and Regulations.
Q.9 Who is eligible to apply for Satellite TV Licence?
A company registered with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under the Companies Ordinance, 1984 is only eligible to apply for Satellite TV Licence. For detail of eligibility conditions please visit Satellite TV licencing page on PEMRA website.
Q.10 How much investment is required?
It is difficult to give an exact figure as it depends on the quality of the Satellite TV Station and the current market prices. PEMRA as a policy promotes quality products.
Q.11 How to apply for specialized subject Satellite TV licence?
Statutory educational institutions may apply for specialized subject Satellite TV licence on prescribed Application Form. The applications are considered on case to case basis.
Q.12 Are licences issued for specialized subject satellite TV station?
Yes, PEMRA issues Satellite TV licences to public sector educational institutions. These licences are issued on non-commercial basis for educational purpose only.
Q.13 Whom do I contact in case of a complaint?
Firstly, there are Regional General Mangers in the provinces and Islamabad. Secondly, there are Councils of Complaints headed by eminent citizens in all provinces including Islamabad. These are two forums where complaints should normally be lodged. However, in case of a serious complaint or a serious technical problem, D.G. (Operation) may be contacted. His contact number is 051-9107130.
Q.14 Where do I go for help?
Please call on +92-51-9107117

MMDS

Q.1 What is MMDS?
Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS) is also known as Wireless Cable TV. MMDS is a terrestrial service which means that the signal from transmitter travels along the surface of the earth to get to the receiver antenna. Since the signal travels along the earth surface the coverage of the signal is limited to 40-50 km in radius due to earth curvature. This is a point to point service which means that the receiver should be in clear line of sight of the transmitter. MMDS band operates in the microwave frequency band of 2.5 GHz to 2.69 GHz range.
Q.2 How to apply for MMDS Licence?
The application for MMDS Licence should be submitted as and when PEMRA invites applications for MMDS Licences through advertisements in newspapers and on PEMRA website.
Q3 What is the licencing procedure and fees?
Licencing procedure and fees are being finalized.
Q.4 What is the range of an MMDS Service?
The range of MMDS station depends on the power of the equipment and antenna height allocated by FAB. The maximum allowable coverage area allowed by PEMRA is 50 kilometers in radius.
Q.5 What is the range of MMDS frequencies?
MMDS frequency range for Pakistan is 2500 – 2690 MHz
Q.6 Who is eligible to apply for MMDS Licence?
A company registered with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under the Companies Ordinance, 1984 is only eligible to apply for MMDS Licence. For detail of eligibility conditions please visit MMDS licencing page on PEMRA website.
Q.7 Are there any DO’s and DONT’s for MMDS licensees?
Yes, PEMRA licensees are bound to comply with the Code of Conduct and PEMRA Ordinance, Rules and Regulations.
Q.8 How much investment is required?
It is difficult to give an exact figure as it depends on the quality of the MMDS station and the current market prices. PEMRA as a policy promotes quality products.
Q.9 Whom do I contact in case of a complaint?
Firstly, there are Regional General Mangers in the provinces and Islamabad. Secondly, there are Councils of Complaints headed by eminent citizens in all provinces including Islamabad. These are two forums where complaints should normally be lodged. However, in case of a serious complaint or a serious technical problem, D.G. (Operations) may be contacted. His contact number is 051-9107130.
Q.10 Where do I go for help?
Please call on +92-51-9107117

IPTV

Q.1 What is IPTV?
IPTV is Internet Protocol Television which is a new method of delivering and viewing television programmes using an IP network and high speed broad band access technology. It provides triple services (Cable TV, Internet and Telephone) on a single medium i.e. on existing telecommunication infrastructure.
Q.2 What is the difference between IPTV and Internet TV?
IPTV channel distribution service is provided on a single mode of transmission for triple play i.e. Cable TV, Internet and Telephone on a fixed telephone network. Whereas an Internet TV is broadcast through website and accessible anywhere in the world through internet.
Q.3 What are the advantages of IPTV?
It is a digital service and therefore, the quality of picture is much superior as compared to the existing analogue Cable TV technology. It also provides interfacing of subscriber with a single service provider for provision of telephone, internet and television services resulting in easier technical maintenance, streamlined billing and improved quality of service.
Q.4 How to apply for IPTV Licence?
Interested company for IPTV (channel distribution services) licence, having local loop licence from PTA, may apply on prescribed application form along with required information available on PEMRA website.
Q.5 What is the licencing procedure?
IPTV licences are awarded on case to case basis.
Q.6 Is there any application processing fee?
Yes, it is Rs.20,000/- per region.
Q.7 What is fee for IPTV licence?
Provisionally the present fee for a five year term is:
Category A (per Zone): Rs. 1,000,000/-
Category B (per Zone): Rs. 500, 000/-
Q.8 What are the categories ‘A’ & ‘B’
Please see details on the IPTV licencing page of PEMRA website.
Q.9 Who is eligible to apply for the IPTV Channel Distribution Service Licence?
A company registered with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under the Companies Ordinance, 1984 and having a Local Loop Telecom Licence from PTA is only eligible to apply for IPTV Channel Distribution Service Licence. For detail of eligibility conditions please visit IPTV licencing page on PEMRA website.
Q.10 Are there any DO’s and DONT’s for IPTV Channel Distribution Service licensees?
Yes, PEMRA licensees are bound to comply with the Code of Conduct, PEMRA Ordinance, Rules and Regulations.
Q.11 How much investment is required?
It is difficult to give an exact figure as it depends on the quality of the IPTV Channel, the current market prices and the area covered.
Q.12 Whom do I contact in case of complaint?
Firstly, there are Regional General Mangers in the provinces and Islamabad. Secondly, there are Councils of Complaints headed by eminent citizens in all provinces including Islamabad. These are the two forums where complaints should normally be lodged. However, in case of a serious complaint or a serious technical problem, D.G. (Operations) may be contacted. His contact number is 051-9107145.
Q.13 Where do I go for help?
Please call on +92-51-9107117

Cable Television

Q.1 What is a Cable Television Service?
Cable Television Service means distribution of TV programmes through a set of cable.
Q.2 Do I need a licence to establish a Cable TV Network?
Please see details of Cable TV on the licencing page of PEMRA website.
Q.3 How can I apply for Cable TV license?
Whenever PEMRA invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) through advertisement in the newspapers and on PEMRA website: www.pemra.gov.pk, you may apply.
Q.4 What is the licencing procedure?
Cable TV licences are awarded through open bidding process, if there is more than one application for the advertised city/area.
Q.5 What is the licence fee?
Licence fee is determined on the basis of open and transparent bidding and varies from place to place
Q.6 Is there any Cable TV licence application processing fee?
Yes, application processing fee is Rs. 5,000/-.
Q.7 Are there any DO’s and DONT’s for Cable TV licensees?
Yes, PEMRA licensees are bound to comply with the Code of Conduct, PEMRA Ordinance, Rules and Regulations, and Licence Terms & Conditions.
Q.8 Who is eligible to apply for Cable TV Licence?
A company registered with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan under the Companies Ordinance, 1984 or the Registrar of the Firm, is eligible to apply for Cable TV Licence.
Q.9 How much investment is required?
It is difficult to give an exact figure as it depends on the quality of the Cable TV station and the current market prices. PEMRA as a policy promotes quality products.
Q.10 Does PEMRA have any regulations regarding monthly subscription fee to be charged from Cable TV subscribers?
Yes, Authority approves and regulates the tariff schedule, which is specified in the Terms & Conditions of the License (clause 9). The currently applicable monthly subscription fee for analogue set up is Rs.400/- and for Digital set up is Rs. 550/-.
Q.11 Are there any standards which a Cable TV operator has to implement?
Yes, the Authority has issued “Standards for Cable TV” Regulations 2003. For more information please visit technical standard page of PEMRA website.
Q.12 Whom do I contact in case of complaint?
Firstly, there are Regional General Mangers in all the seven Regions of Pemra, including Islamabad. Secondly, there are Councils of Complaints headed by eminent citizens in all regions including Islamabad. These are two forums where complaints should normally be lodged. However, in case of a serious complaint or a serious technical problem, D.G. (Operations) may be contacted. His contact number is 051-9107145
Q.13 Where do I go for help?
Please contact with the PEMRA Regional Office of your area or Tel. 051-9107135
Q.14 Are there any International Commitments applicable on Cable TV Network?
Yes, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set year 2015 for complete transition from analogue systems to digital systems.

Landing Rights

Q.1 What are Landing Rights?
If a Satellite TV channel is uplinked from abroad and the channel operator wants to distribute the channel in Pakistan, Landing Rights permission shall have to be obtained from PEMRA for its distribution on distribution networks in Pakistan.
Q.2 How to apply for Landing Rights?
The Landing Rights are issued to companies on case to case basis. The application form for Landing Rights Certificate, duly filled in, with requisite documents should be submitted to PEMRA Licencing Wing, Mauve Aear, G-8/1, Islamabad. The application form is available on PEMRA website.
Q.3 What is the fee?
Please see details of Landing Rights on the licencing page of PEMRA website under head “Tariff”.
Q.4 Is there any application processing fees?
Yes, It is Rs.200,000/-
Q.5 Are there any DO’s and DONT’s for Landing Rights licensees?
Yes, PEMRA licensees are bound to comply with the Code of Conduct, PEMRA Ordinance, Rules and Regulations.
Q.6 Who is eligible to apply for Landing Rights?
Please see details about Landing Rights Permission criteria and eligibility on the licensing page of PEMRA website under head “Guide Line”.
Q.7 What are the categories for Landing Rights?
Please see details about Landing Rights Permission categories on the licensing page of PEMRA website under head “Tariff”.
Q.8 What is the most significant determinant for granting “Landing Rights” permission?
Programming content being telecast via a particular satellite TV channel, should be in conformity with the social, cultural and ethical norms of the country, and the PEMRA Code of Conduct.
Q.9 Does Landing Rights permission confer rights to cover any event live from Pakistan?
No, Landing Rights permission only confer rights, to market and distribute a particular channel in Pakistan through distribution network.
Q.10 Whom do I contact in case of a complaint?
Firstly, there are Regional General Mangers in the provinces and Islamabad. Secondly, there are Councils of Complaints headed by eminent citizens in all provinces including Islamabad. These are two forums where complaints should normally be lodged. However, in case of a complaint of serious technical problem, D.G. (Operations) may be contacted. His contact number is 051-9107130.
Q.11 Where do I go for help?
Please call on +92-51-9107117