CityCell has until September to pay up; tells regulator to sort spectrum problems

22 Jul 2014

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has given CDMA mobile operator CityCell a three-month extension until mid-September to pay outstanding bills of BDT2.2 billion (USD27.9 million), according to officials cited by NewsnextBD.com, who explained that the operator had deposited BDT265 million in March but missed the 19 June deadline for paying the remainder of the dues, which include 2G licence renewal fees, spectrum charges, revenue sharing and social obligation fund contributions. The regulator has repeatedly threatened to cancel the operating licence of Bangladesh’s oldest cellco, but CityCell has claimed that the BTRC must first resolve issues surrounding its spectrum allocation before it hands over the full amount for its August 2012 concession renewal, with a senior executive stating: ‘BTRC allocated 10MHz spectrum for us for 15 years but we are getting only 6.5MHz even after two years.’

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