Regulator asks government to cancel CityCell’s licence

13 Jun 2017

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked the government’s permission to cancel the operating licence of mobile provider Pacific Bangladesh Telecom (CityCell), which has effectively been out of operation since Q4 2016 when the authorities suspended its services for non-payment of debts, reports the Daily Star. The CDMA-based cellco, which is 45% owned by Singapore’s SingTel, has remained in existence only via court orders allowing it time to pay instalments of overdue fees, but according to the regulator CityCell did not make any payments for fresh dues incurred between October 2016 and March 2017. Meanwhile, CityCell has paid nearly 65% of the total overdue spectrum/licence/revenue sharing/late penalty fees demanded in October, whilst also continuing to dispute the total amount demanded by the BTRC.

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