Ncell will make royalty payments, but only if rivals do too

13 Sep 2011

Privately-owned Nepalese operator Spice Nepal Private Ltd, trading under the brand name Ncell, says it will make good on a commitment to pay royalties totalling NPR20 billion (USD269.3 million) by 2017, but only if rivals, including state owned Nepal Telecom (NT) agree to clear their payments too. Questioned by lawmakers from the country’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Ncell board member Chandi Prasad Shrestha, argued that technical jargon such as ‘limited mobility’ and ‘rural telecom service provider’ were muddying the water and effectively giving some operators a shield to hide behind when it comes to paying royalties. ‘When all the operators are providing [a] similar kind of service, why should some operators get privileges in the name of limited mobility and rural telecom operator?’, MyRepublica quotes Shrestha as telling the committee.

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