The telecommunications industry has boomed since the turn of the century resulting in the grant of licences to private televisions channels, radio stations and telephone/mobile phone companies.
The firm was involved in the first major telecommunications litigation in Bangladesh, the Ekushey Television Case, which exposed corrupt practices in the granting of TV licences.The firm’s Senior Partner has also successfully represented a local television channel in a litigation challenging the validity of its operations before the Supreme Court.
A large part of the firm’s telecommunications practice involves advising global mobile phone operator groups and providers of messaging and VOIP services on issues related to expansion of their services within Bangladesh, including advising on restrictions on transfer of customer data, legality of storage of user communication, data retention obligations, legality of providing OTT VoIP/Chat services, data security breaches, reporting obligations etc.
The firm regularly advises Bloomberg LP on the introduction of new products and services in Bangladesh and has recently advised it regarding the provision of the Bloomberg FX Systems, the Bloomberg Market Concepts Course and the CFA Prep Course in Bangladesh
Recently, the firm advised the world’s largest information technology company and second largest mobile phone manufacturer regarding the legality of using embedded programmable SIM technology as a substitute for traditional SIM cards.