Bangladesh’s High Court has ordered the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to explain its recent course of action in issuing the country’s third broadband wireless access (BWA) WiMAX/LTE licence to Russian-backed operator Ollo without competitive tender at the same price as the concession was previously offered for in 2008. Local newspaper The Daily Star writes that the court issued the ruling on Sunday following a writ petition filed as a public interest litigation seeking to restrict the BTRC from allocating the licence and associated 2.5GHz band frequencies. It notes however, that the order did not actually halt the licensing process. According to the petition, the BWA licence was issued in a non-transparent way to Bangladesh Internet Exchange Ltd (BIEL) – a local ISP licensee which forms part of the Russian-Bangladeshi venture operating under the Ollo brand. The BTRC has 15 days in which to respond.
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