AD-formed body says Citycell’s total dues Tk 372cr

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:30, Aug 01,2017 | Updated: 00:14, Aug 02,2017

 
 

A file photo shows the Citycell headquarters in Dhaka. The Appellate Division-formed committee on payment dispute of Citycell with the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Monday submitted its report to the registrar of the Appellate Division and to the telecom regulator. — New Age photo

The appellate division formed committee on payment dispute of Citycell with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Monday submitted its report to the registrar of Appellate Division and to the telecom regulator.
As per the report of the committee, Citycell’s total outstanding dues stand at Tk 372.42 crore till September, 2016.
The report said Citycell’s total dues included spectrum renewal fee of Tk 291.25 crore, annual spectrum fee of Tk 37.11 crore, annual licence fee of Tk 13.25 crore, revenue sharing with government Tk 22.48 crore and social obligation fund dues of Tk 8.33 crore.
BTRC officials said that as per the court order Citycell has so far paid Tk 244.66 crore to the telecommunication regulator, meaning that the out of operation mobile phone company will have to pay another Tk 127.76 crore to BTRC.
Citycell, however, in May this year following a BTRC show cause notice regarding fresh dues for the period of October 2016 to March 2017 replied that the operator had already paid Tk 476.27 crore as spectrum charge, license fee, revenue sharing and social obligation fund to the telecom regulator for the operator’s dues till the third quarter of 2016.
The operator, however, in its letter also mentioned that the mobile phone company’s dues to the BTRC was Tk 346.99 crore for the period, meaning that an additional Tk 129.27 crore has already been paid by the operator to the telecom regulator.
A BTRC official said that the report of the committee might be discussed at the Appellate Division’s next hearing regarding Citycell licence cancellation and dues scheduled to be held on August 6.
The Appellate Division on November 3, 2016, formed a three-member committee headed by Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury to settle the issue between BTRC and Citycell over its dues payment.
On July 24, the telecom regulator cancelled licence of Citycell. The licence of the mobile phone operator was restored on July 25 following an order of AD.
Although there has no legal barrier for the mobile phone operator to carry on its regular activities, operation of the entity has remained suspended since October last year as it struggles with cash crunch. 

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