Spectrum auction delayed again to June or later

15 Apr 2015

Bangladesh’s 1800MHz/2100MHz mobile spectrum auction, which has already been pushed back to 20 May 2015, looks likely to be delayed again due to the failure to settle a regulatory dispute over tax on replacement SIM cards. Developingtelecoms.com writes that further postponement is now likely after a meeting between the country’s major cellcos and various government figures failed to reach a positive outcome on the issue of disputed replacement SIM tax back payments. The current auction schedule would require operators to submit bid applications by 16 April. The recent meeting was attended by representatives of Airtel, Banglalink, GrameenPhone, Robi Axiata, the heads of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), and the Telecommunications division secretary.

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