Telecommunication, including voice and data services, is a core area of practice of the firm. We provide regulatory advice on telecom, IT, e-commerce and media. We have advised telecom operators on licensing and regulatory issues, including licensing guidelines and auction process, interconnection agreements, frequency allocations, equipment leasing and infrastructure sharing agreements. The firm has advised the largest operator in Bangladesh in respect of its bid for 3G auctions.
The firm was involved in a number of recent major acquisitions by foreign investors of stakes in Bangladeshi telecom companies. The firm has also been involved in restructuring the passive telecom infrastructure as a separate business portfolio. The firm advised telecom companies or lenders in a number of financing transactions in the sector and also advised in relation to issuance of securities and raising funds from the capital market.
The firm has advised telecom operators in relation to internal management issues, such as, roaming services, billing, introduction of new technologies and platforms, human resource management, etc. We also acted in disputes between shareholders of telecom companies and advised and acted in litigation on behalf of a number of telecom operators in various types of disputes with the regulator. The firm also provides all types of assistance to telecom companies in relation to customs duty, VAT and income tax.