Regulator gets ‘license to kill’ in Bangladesh

Posted on May 26, 2010  /  1 Comments

Bangladesh is amending its telecoms law that scraps the operators’ right to appeal. The regulator or the police can register a case, even on suspicion, and arrest any official of any telecom operator without a warrant. The regulator will be the investigator and can decide on any form of punishment. And the operators will not be allowed to have a say if the regulator changes or even scraps the licenses. The proposed amendment is likely to get parliamentary approval next month. Grameenphone’s CEO calls it unconstitutional and conflicting with the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). “I believe mobile penetration in Bangladesh will double in the next three to five years. But if you don’t have the right legislation, development will be delayed,” he told the Daily Star.

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  1. A minor correction, under the existing telecom there is no right of appeal and operators are proposing that an appeal should be allowed against all decisions of the regulator.