The courts become key players in Bangladesh telecom regulation

Posted on February 13, 2012  /  2 Comments

For the longest time, I could not understand why there were no legal challenges to the regulator in Bangladesh. No one went to court, however arbitrary the decisions were. Looks like that has changed.

Grameenphone has won a crucial legal battle with regulators BTRC as High Court has rejected claim for an extra Tk 236 crore in spectrum fees levied in 2008.

A two-judge bench also said the BTRC was however right in asking for the spectrum and licence renewal fees without deducting value added tax.

Justices Farid Ahmed and Sheikh Hasan Arif, at the same time, observed that the mobile operator would legally get waiver on such taxes