Incumbent operator Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) is preparing to launch a tender for the supply of ten million new GSM lines, local paper Republica reports. With the total GSM user base in the country standing just below the ten million mark, split between NT (4.71 million) and privately owned Ncell (4.78 million), the telco is looking to launch the ambitious plan to overcome the problems associated with calling for smaller tenders time and time again. In addition, NT is also looking to install 400,000 IP CDMA lines as part of a ‘bridging project’, helping the PTO realise its goal of upgrading its CDMA capabilities to an internet protocol (IP) network. The operator has already awarded Huawei Technologies a contract for two million IP CDMA lines. ‘As it will take 12-18 months for Huawei to install [the] IP CDMA network, we’ve called [a] tender for [the] bridging project so that customers can get the service at the earliest [opportunity],’ an NT official added.