Nine firms seek IPTV licences

16 Jan 2012

No fewer than nine different telecoms operators have applied for licences to offer IPTV services in Nepal and could receive permits within the next two months, MyRepublica reports. The government has formed a four-member taskforce under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), Dhanaraj Gyanwali. The move to issue IPTV licences follows an amendment to the Broadcasting Act in 2009/10, although at that date the lack of proper guidelines turned out to be a major barrier for officials of MoIC to go ahead and award the formal licences. The companies and ISPs lining up for concessions are thought to be Nepal Telecom and Nepal Television (NTV), as well as Unique Space Cable, Kantipur Broadband, Nepal Dish TV, Itahari, Shangi-La Channel, WordLink, Himalayan Online Service, M-Vision Private Limited and Malekhu Cable.