The mobile operators will take the government to the court if proposed amendments of the telecoms law are not rationalized. All the six operators’ CEOs have unanimously announced their “last resort” in a historic press conference on Tuesday (June 22, 2010). Even the state-owned TeleTalk’s CEO, who is a civil servant, has joined the camp of his private sector rivals.
This is the first time the usually docile mobile phone industry has threatened legal action against Bangladesh government. Because, the proposed amendments will reshape the regulatory landscape with the quicksand of penalties and landmines of arrest without warrant. WMD of universal service tax will take care of the remaining survivors.
This is, however, not a mobile-specific crisis. Every service provider, which functions under the telecoms law, is equally exposed to this legal extermination process. To be more specific: the builders of “Digital Bangladesh” will be slaughtered by these amendments. Neither the consumers nor the industry has been consulted before structuring these “legal” provisions. Where are the academics, rights groups and trade bodies?