SC upholds Chamber Judge's order for 4G auction

SC upholds Chamber Judge’s order for 4G auction


Dhaka, 14 Jan – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday upheld an order of the Chamber Judge that stayed a High Court order which put a bar on the tender notice floated by Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) seeking licensing guidelines and invited applications for the auction of 4G internet spectrum. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order. Earlier, on Thursday, Chamber Judge Syed Mahmud Hossain stayed the High Court order immediately after the BTRC filed the appeal with the High Court and the following the order.
A High Court bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed halted the tender notice and issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain as why the notice and the 2008 policy would not be declared illegal after a writ petition, filed by private company- Banglalion Communication Limited.
Posts and Telecommunications Division Secretary and BTRC Chairman were asked to respond to the rule as the notice contradicts the broadband Guidelines of 2008. Lawyer Ramzan Ali Shikdar moved the writ petition.
December 4 of 2017, a special commission of BTRC decided to publish two guidelines and invited applications for 4G internet license. The tender inviting offers for the license about the 4G mobile network was published on the BTRC official website on the same day. – Special Correspondent


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