Indebted Bangladeshi CDMA mobile operator CityCell resumed its services yesterday (6 November 2016) after its spectrum allocation was reinstated following a Supreme Order. Officials of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) told Bdnews24.com: ‘We have opened [CityCell’s] spectrum according to the court’s order. We have seen that calls can be made through its network. They will be able to resume services.’ The BTRC had closed down CityCell’s operations on 20 October after the operator failed to meet a deadline for paying a portion of its overdue fees, but on 3 November the Supreme Court ordered reinstatement of its spectrum allocation ‘immediately’ whilst also ordering the operator to pay BDT1 billion (USD12.7 million) before 19 November. Failure to pay the sum would leave the way open for the BTRC to permanently close down CityCell, said the Appellate Division’s order.
State Minister for Telecoms Tarana Halim said the three-day delay in BTRC reconnecting CityCell’s network was due to ‘technical reasons’.