The Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA) has reportedly given its approval for national fixed line operator Nepal Telecom (NT) and private sector internet service providers (ISPs) to offer high speed broadband access services based on ADSL technology and dial-up. In a press statement, NTA spokesperson Kailash Prasad Neupane said the decision had been taken in a bid to increase sector competition in Nepal. NT had tried to retain its monopoly on the distribution of internet services but rivals complained and lodged a case in the appellate court. In the wake of the change of mind, NT says it now expects to start offering its own high speed internet access service within the next two weeks.
Nepalnews reports that NTA has fixed the monthly tariff rates for proposed ADSL services. The monthly charge for unlimited dial-up internet service rated at 128kbps has been fixed at NPR900 (USD13.8). The cost of an unlimited 256kbps connection will be NPR1,500, while for 512kbps a customer will have to pay NPR2,700 a month, for 1Mbps the cost has been set at NPR5,000 and for 2Mbps it will be NPR9,000.