Robi must pay all licence renewal dues; precedent set for other operators

14 May 2012

Bangladeshi mobile operator Robi Axiata has been ordered by the High Court to pay all dues related to the renewal of its mobile operating licence, after losing a case against the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC). According to the regulator, Robi would have paid BDT1.47 billion (USD17.6 million) including the fee for 2G licence renewal and BDT520 million of additional charges including late fees, but, following the court order, the Malaysian-backed cellco is required to pay around BDT2 billion including over BDT110 million in late fees, bdnews24.com reports. The court outcome is expected to set a precedent for three other mobile operators, GrameenPhone, Banglalink and CityCell, whose 2G licences all expired in November last year.

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