Update December 3, 2015

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Proposal for merger survey on Robi-Airtel tomorrow

Sumel Sarker

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Proposal for merger survey on Robi-Airtel tomorrow

03 November 2015, Nirapad News: Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and American International University (AIU) would submit their proposals to the telecom regulator tomorrow to run a market survey over the proposed merger of two cellular phone operators – Robi and Airtel Bangladesh.

“We hope AIU would come up with the proposal tomorrow while IBA may submit their proposal tomorrow or Sunday,” a senior official of the telecom regulator told BSS today.

He said they would take the next steps immediately after getting the proposals from the universities.

The regulator – Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) – wants to assess the possible impact on the proposed first ever merger of two cellular phone operators.

Last month, BTRC through letter sought financial proposals from IBA of University of Dhaka and engineering faculty of AIU for conducting the survey.

The regulator initiated the move after receiving application last September from the two operators seeking permission for merger.

The survey would be conducted underlining eight issues and goals for the proposed merger of country’s third and fourth operators in terms of subscribers’ base.

The study would scrutinize socioeconomic aspects of the merger, and find out the strategy for way-out if there is any impact.

It would examine the possible impact on the employment situation especially job cut or new job opportunities and voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for the employees who will not be interested to join the merged company.

Besides, the survey would also focus on the mobile market especially overall completion and set a policy to overcome any negative impact. In addition, it would also analyse customer service, consumer rights, and share and capital.

The regulator through the survey also wants to know the post-merger scenario for spectrum auction roadmap especially possible impact on revenue collection, existing licenses, networking, numbering and services. The BTRC roadmap plans to sell unused 10.6 MHz airwave at 800 MHz band and 15 MHz airwave at 2100 MHz band.

Both the institutions have to submit the survey report to the BTRC within eight weeks.

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