Nepal Satellite Telecom (NST) has announced it will formally launch its new GSM mobile services under the brand name ‘Hello Nepal’ on 24 September. The country’s fifth telecoms services provider will introduce its service in the mid and far western regions of the country, according to managing director Ajay Raj Sumargi. It has not, however, published details of its proposed tariffs saying the rates are yet to be finalised because it is awaiting approval for its interconnection charges.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, NST is in the process of installing the required infrastructure to support the service, including the main core systems, base stations, sub-systems and solar systems. At launch the operator intends to offer services in 273 village development committees (VDCs) in the mid-western region, before expanding its reach to the rest of the country. NST possesses a Basic Telecommunication Service licence under which it also has permission to offer limited mobility fixed line services. It is also working to operate international gateway, CDMA and landline PSTN services. The company is initially investing USD25 million in the new venture using loans provided by Nabil Bank and Nepal Investment Bank. It also plans to launch CDMA and fixed line services, and an international gateway. NST is backed by Mukti Shree Telecom (Nepal), Sewa Telecom (Bangladesh), Pakistan Mobile Telecommunication (Pakistan) and Air Bell Company (Cyprus).