Lycatel Distribution, the company that distributes calling cards in the UK, has had a winding-up petition filed against it by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The petition against Lycatel Distribution was first filed on 23 February 2010, with a hearing scheduled for 14 April at the Royal Courts of Justice. In April, it was adjourned until 19 May, according to the courts. It was then adjourned again until 16 June.
Lycatel has offered no comment, but Lycamobile was keen to emphasise that it is a separate company from Lycatel Distribution and is not in any financial difficulty.
An application by Lycatel for a validation order to unfreeze its bank account was approved by the registrar, and a hearing is due on 15 June.
The move comes after Ofcom launched an investigation into Lycatel Distribution UK Ltd (Lycatel) on 22 March after receiving complaints from customers.
Ofcom said that it has discussed Lycatel’s terms and conditions and its advertising practices with Trading Standards, and ‘the investigation will now consider whether Lycatel has engaged in conduct which infringes any relevant consumer protection law’.
The regulator is also looking to see whether the company publishes clear and up to date information about its prices and terms and conditions.
Lycatel’s phonecards, which are sold under brand names including Habibi, Cobra and World Call, allow people to make cheap-rate international calls from any phone. The company was founded by Sri Lanka-born chairman Subaskaran Allirajah.
Lycamobile is not the subject of the Ofcom investigation or the winding-up petition.