NTA reaffirms aim to prevent frequency hoarding

30 Apr 2012

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is seeking to actively discourage the practice of frequency hoarding in the Kingdom and hopes its new merger and acquisition policy will go some way to achieving this. The Himalayan News Service quotes NTA spokesperson Kailash Prasad Neupane as saying that under the terms of the policy – enacted by the national Radio Frequency Policy Determinism Committee (RFPDC) acting under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) – those companies concerned will be required to surrender extra frequency spectrum within six months of a merger. The NTA has set a charge equivalent to 0.7% of an operator’s annual income for the annual frequency fee, and fixed a price of NPR7 million (USD84,378) per MHz block of spectrum on extra frequencies being ‘hoarded’ or that are currently lying dormant.