17 May 2016
The High Court of Bangladesh on Sunday granted the government 22 more days to reach a decision on the planned merger of two private sector mobile operators, Robi Axiata and Airtel, reports the Dhaka Tribune. It is the fifth time the High Court has accepted the government’s time extension plea over the issue. Sayed Mahsib Hossain, representing the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), said the court had heard all parties including the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on Sunday, adding that the matter will be heard again on 6 June 2016. On 29 January 2016 Malaysian-backed Robi and Indian-owned Airtel signed an agreement to merge in Bangladesh under the name of Robi, which would create the second largest cellco in the country.