Nepal’s pre-paid services back on

24 Aug 2005

Nepal’s government yesterday allowed pre-paid mobile phone services to be resumed, following an enforced shut-down which came into effect when King Gyanendra seized power earlier this year. The country’s sole mobile operator, state-run Nepal Telecom said that its 148,000 pre-paid customers are required to provide photographs, personal details and fingerprints as a condition of resuming their service. The authorities consider unregistered pay-as-you-go phones to be a security threat because of the possibility that they could be used by communist insurgents and political activists organising anti-government rallies.