PAC man roams the maze of possible 2G/3G frequency ‘irregularities’

14 Jan 2011

Prakash Chandra Lohani, the head of a team set up by Nepal’s parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has been asked to investigate ‘possible irregularities in the distribution of 2G and 3G frequencies’, reports. The official’s five-member team has been tasked with submitting its report within a month, with a specific focus on reviewing the tender process for the allocation of mobile frequencies and separately, conducting an investigation into the alleged abuse of VoIP services in the country. Another member of the team, Rabindra Adhikari, has already publicly questioned whether operators are maximising the potential of the spectrum they have been granted. ‘Telecom operators need to pay royalty for frequency even if they are not using it,’ he said.