Citycell to bid for 4G spectrum

2 Jan 2018

Defunct Bangladeshi cellco Citycell has revealed plans to bid for an LTE licence in the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s (BTRC’s) forthcoming spectrum auction, The Daily Star writes. The regulator is likely to allow Citycell to apply for the concession and participate in the auction as no other new entities had shown an interest in investing in the market at a pre-bid meeting at the BTRC office in Dhaka. A Citycell representative was quoted as saying: ‘A dialogue has begun with the interested investors and we are working on it … That is why we need a confirmation from the regulator about our eligibility.’ The BTRC will hold an auction for spectrum in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands for 2G/3G/4G LTE services on 13 February. According to the BTRC, all interested parties need to submit their bids by 14 January, with the commission planning to publish a list of qualified bidders on 25 January; the winning applicants will be notified on 14 February.

TeleGeography notes that CityCell was ordered to pay BDT3.184 billion (USD38 million) by 19 October 2016 or have its licence revoked. After it raised only BDT1.3 billion by the deadline, the authorities switched off CityCell’s network shortly after, though the Supreme Court reinstated its spectrum rights in November. Its operations, however, were severely limited since calls could not be made or received and the operator was understood to have suspended services in Q1 2017.