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Established in 1965, Doulah & Doulah is now one

of the oldest law firms in Bangladesh





Besides advising telecom companies on general corporate, finance and employment issues the firm advises clients on core telecom regulatory aspects. Doulah & Doulah has one of the Bangladesh’s leading telecommunications practices. Since the deregulation of the telecommunications industry in 1995 the firm has been advising new entrants and incumbent telecommunications operators, regulators, equipment suppliers, service providers and users on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues. Doulah & Doulah has experience of managing a vast range of telecommunications projects from legal aspects. These include advising on licensing, lobbying and regulatory matters, and contractual advice and negotiations in relation to network build, outsourcing, equipment and software supply, service provision and many other issues.

Doulah & Doulah was also involved in finalization of the Telecommunication Act, 2001 and Licensing Procedure as a review member. The firm is well versed with these laws and have been advising different mobile / fixed operators in Bangladesh on various aspects of regulatory issues such as infrastructure sharing, active sharing, license renewal, competition laws, penalty provisions, compliance issues, unfair treatment issues, imposed quality of service (QoS), benchmark, interconnection, spectrum fees etc. The firm also advised the operators on recent 2G license renewal issues as a legal expert in the area. Earlier the firm advised some of the operators while bidding for the WiMax, NTTN and IIG licenses. The firm performed comprehensive overview of the licensing/notification obligations and the legal and regulatory compliance obligations for some international operators.

As far as the other aspects of telecommunication area are concerned, the firm has significant experience with respect to financing and structuring of telecommunication projects and companies. Its experience in the areas of public procurement, competition laws and consumer protection laws are considered to have made the firm as a one stop solution center to the clients. Some major matters are outlined below:

• The firm is now working as legal consultants to the largest ever ICT project to digitize the land records of Bangladesh for digital service by the land authority under technical assistance from the Norwegian Government

• Bangabandhu Satellite Project – D&D worked for Space Partnership International, in bidding , post award issues, tax and government procurement regulations to procure the satellite and its launching for the Government.

• D&D worked for NERA in the bid and licensing contract matters with respect to the third generation mobile telephony license in Bangladesh

• The firm has been acting as telecom consultants to companies like Microsoft, Telenor. Telstra, Tata, Grameenphone, GPIT, Nokia, ZTE, Huawei, Consistel Solutions, Vectone Communications, AT&T, Alcatel Lucent, Telenor etc.

• Recently the firm assisted Norton Rose in a large transaction involving the sale offer of a large portfolio of passive infrastructure of a local GSM operator

• The firm acted for Cybertel Telecommunications in this project with a joint venture with BRTA for a world-class teleport with 11 meter B station project (Gateway Earth Terminal).

• The firm acted for Phoenix Wireless in its project for rural telecommunication facility establishment in a Joint Venture with Bangladesh Rural Telecom Authority.

• The firm acted for New Zealand Telecom in a project for a wireless telecommunication facility establishment in a Joint Venture with Bangladesh Rural Telecom Authority.

• The firm has conducted a country framework for CGAP (the microfinance group in the World Bank) officials for a potential investment in a local telecommunication companies.

• IT franchise projects include clients like Webel Informatics, Wipro, Sun Micro systems, NIIT etc. Other major transactions include Accenture contracts with local mobile operators, Acision contracts with local mobile operators, Citibank N.A. IT contract, Asian Broadcasting licensing, IMRB International contracts with local mobile operators, Upper Reach contracts with local mobile operators, Akamai access point set-up transaction with Telenor etc.


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