Reinstate Citycell’s spectrum within 24 hours: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ordered the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) authority to reinstate the spectrum of Citycell, the country’s oldest mobile phone operator, within 24 hours.


A three-member Appellate Division bench headed by the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order on Tuesday morning, a day after BTRC suspended the spectrum.


The order came in response to an application filed by the mobile operator.


Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had scrapped Citycell’s spectrum allotment on October 20 last year because the operator had failed to clear the dues.


On July 31 last year, BTRC issued an advertisement requesting Citycell subscribers to accept alternative service within two weeks.


But, the mobile operator filed an appeal petition before the Supreme Court (SC) in this regard.


In August last year, the government started the shutdown processes for the operator for not paying the outstanding dues of Taka 477.51 crore since long.


Later the Appellate Division gave the operator two months to pay 477 crore and 51 lakh due money to run the service. Citycell then paid 144 crore.

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