The Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA) is planning to issue additional licences for companies wishing to offer voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services in the country, Himalayan News Service reports. NTA chairman Bhesh Raj Kanel said: ‘We are mulling [plans] to issue licences to internet service providers (ISPs) if their service is expanded to at least 25 districts, covering 1,300 Village Development Committees (VDCs).’ The NTA man says a decision to award more licences was agreed in December and forwarded to the Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC). The MoIC has approved the watchdog’s recommendations which now move to the Ministry of Law and Justice (MoLJ) for final approval.
The NTA has issued telephony network operating licences to Nepal Telecom (NT), United Telecom Ltd (UTL), Spice Nepal and STM Telecom, allowing them to operate VoIP channel for incoming calls. In addition, it has granted service based licences to 21 ISPs, which have to pay NPR300,000 to the NTA to operate the service for five years.