NTA mulls plan to use digital dividend for 4G mobile services

7 Mar 2011

The Himalayan News Service writes that national regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is considering plans to use the digital dividend – the Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) bands that would be freed up in the switchover from analogue to digital television – for the operation of 4G mobile services. NTA director Ananda Raj Khanal added that to this end, the Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) has set up a committee to study the plan, and to make suitable recommendations to the government based on international best practice. Further, alongside the MoCI committee, the watchdog is also planning to create a separate committee to undertake an in-depth study on spectrum allocation, pricing, method and assignment for the 4G mobile, Khanal said. The NTA is currently carrying out preliminary work on the issue. Local operator Ncell recently applied for 4G spectrum, while Nepal Telecom (NT) has also hinted that it would be interested in offering the service in the future.