BayanTel to ask court to reconsider 3G licence rejection

24 Aug 2009

Bayan Telecommunications Inc (BayanTel) will reportedly ask the Court of Appeals (CA) to reconsider its recent decision to uphold the government’s decision to turn down its application for a 3G mobile licence, writes GMANews.TV. The Lopez-controlled operator intends to file a motion for reconsideration at the appellate court not later than 1 September 2009, or within the prescribed 15-day deadline allowed, the company said in a statement. BayanTel CEO Tunde Fafunwa said: ‘In the last two years, we have demonstrated our capability [by rolling] out a 3G compliant network with our CDMA-based wireless landline service which disrupted and transformed the voice calling market today.’ In its appeal the operator is widely expected to cite what it claims is ‘the flawed selection process for granting 3G licences.’ In particular, BayanTel has highlighted the award of a licence to Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprise Inc (CURE), a market newcomer with ‘no track record and which was eventually sold to an entity controlled by one of 3G licence awardees.’

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