Nepal’s Minister for Information and Communications Shankar Pokharel yesterday unveiled the country’s newest telco Smart Telecom, when he led the official launch of the company’s ‘Smart Sat’ telephony service. Smart Telecom has been granted permission to operate its services in 398 Village Development Committees (VDCs) spanning four development regions in Nepal, but excluding the eastern development region. The newcomer is launching landline services via VSAT technology in 100 VDCs, as well as offering wireless services through GSM technology in the rest of the VDCs. Smart’s entry marks the sixth telephone service provider setting up shop in the mountainous kingdom of Nepal. It was established as a joint venture between Lal Sahu Distribution Ltd, Singapore; Square Network Ltd, Nepal; and Gillat Sattelite Network.