Telia Company seeks meeting with Tajik PM to discuss serious issues facing Tcell

Telia Company’s subsidiary the mobile operator Tcell finds itself in a very difficult situation in Tajikistan. In September last year it was announced that the 40 percent minority shareholder of Tcell, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), would acquire Telia Company’s 60 percent. The closing of the sale is subject to local Tajikistan Anti-Monopoly Commission Approval.

As of today, a clear response on the application has yet to be received, even though the legislated time period lapsed on November 29, 2016. In addition to this, Tcell faces tax claims it considers to be unlawful (see news item published January 17), as well as lack of payment on debt owed to it by the state owned operator Tajik Telecom. These are issues that Telia Company, along with AKFED, would like to bring up in a meeting at the very highest level.

Click here to see the letter from Telia Company's President and CEO Johan Dennelind to his excellency Kokhir Rasulzoda, the Prime Minister of Republic of Tajikistan.