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Hearing on Citycell shutdown October 31

  • Published at 01:29 pm October 25th, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:23 pm October 25th, 2016
Hearing on Citycell shutdown October 31
Appellate Division Chamber Judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique fixed the date yesterday and forwarded the hearing appeal made by the mobile company to the bench. "The Honourable Appellate Division heard the counsels for Citycell and BTRC and fixed the matter for hearing on October 31 in the full court" said Barrister Sayed Mahsib Hossian, BTRC counsel. The Citycell authorities submitted the appeal seeking a stay order on the BTRC's decision. On October 20, the telecommunication regulator suspended the operation of the country's oldest telecom company as per a High Court verdict as it failed to pay its dues worth Tk477 crore. A total of 430 people were employed as permanent staff at Citycell when it was shut down. BTRC, in a public notice on July 31, asked Citycell subscribers to shift to other operators by August 16. Later the deadline was extended to August 23. On the same day, the telecom regulator asked Citycell to pay all its dues, including the regulatory fee and fine worth TK477 crore by August 16. On August 17, the BTRC issued a notice to Citycell asking to explain within 30 days why its license for the operation should not be cancelled for its failure to pay dues. In 1989, Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited also known as Citycell received the licence for telecom services. It is the only CDMA network operator in the country. It is currently owned by Singtel with 45% stake and the remaining 55% is owned by the Pacific Group and Far East Telecom.