Nepal’s information ministry rules out unified licensing plan

26 Sep 2011

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) in Nepal has apparently dismissed proposals to create a ‘unified licensing’ regime in the country which would have allowed existing telcos to offer a full range of telecoms services on a single licence. MyRepublica writes that in a meeting held last Thursday, officials within the MoIC dismissed the plan which they considered ‘vague’, and asked the regulator the Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) to come up with something better. Under the unified licensing scheme the NTA had envisaged operators paying a fee of NPR295 million (USD3.84 million) to upgrade their licences to offer all telecoms services – including international long-distance (ILD) calls. The NTA may now look at a revised plan under which any telco willing to pay the NPR295 million fee plus a NPR20 billion renewal fee after ten years, would be allowed to operate as a fully integrated telecom services provider.

Nepal, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MoCIT)