NTA ordered to speed up collection of unpaid spectrum fees

7 Jun 2012

The government of Nepal has ordered the telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), to accelerate the collection of unpaid radio spectrum fees from local mobile network operators. Following a recent court case that upheld that the cellcos should make full payment on the fees due, the NTA has been instructed to seek NPR710 million (USD8.4 million) and NPR350 million from Nepal Telecom (NT) and Spice Nepal Private (Ncell), respectively. To date NT has only paid NPR100 million of the NPR810 million it owes, and still argues that it should not have to pay the fees as its licence was awarded under an earlier Radio Act. However, the NTA has countered that under the Telecommunications Act, all cellcos are obliged to pay for spectrum allocations they hold.