State owned incumbent fixed line and mobile operator Nepal Telecom (NT) plans to launch a NPR15 billion (USD204.1 million) global tender to expand its CDMA networks across the country, local online journal Myrepublika reports. Having secured the go ahead from the government, NT will now forge ahead with plans for what could be the largest ever tender called in the mountain nation. Under the plan, NT is looking for a supplier to roll out 2,500 new CDMA towers across the country. It currently owns and operates around 700 towers for fixed-wireless telephony services. Upon completion of the three-year expansion plan, NT expects to have boosted its subscriber base to 3.5 million. In addition, NT is incorporating a convergent billing system at an estimated cost of NPR1 billion. In the past NT has employed a number of equipment suppliers to provide parts of its CDMA network including ZTE, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies.