Nepal Telecom (NT) plans a near tripling of the number of base transceiver stations (BTSs) in operation in the capital Kathmandu Valley, in response to growing complaints from customers over poor mobile phone connections. Buddhi Acharya, manager of the Mobile Service Directorate, says the upgrade will be completed by mid-June 2008. NT currently has 252 BTSs in operation in the capital, but has embarked on a major national expansion drive to install 3.5 million mobile lines – in partnership with China’s ZTE – of which 1.5 million will be in the valley, he said. The company currently has around 900,000 cell phone users in the capital and hopes to boost this to a million by mid-year. Elsewhere, NT is also working with Huawei Technologies to deploy 600,000 new lines, of which 250,000 have already been commissioned.