Nepal ISP association bemoans WiMAX delays

24 Aug 2012

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of Nepal (ISPAN) has berated the government’s heel-dragging over the slow pace of allocating WiMAX licences in the country, the Himalayan News Service reports. To date the nation’s Radio Frequency Policy Determination Committee, acting under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), has only issued spectrum to two telcos (including state-owned Nepal Telecom, or NT) and one ISP to provide WiMAX-based services, but president of ISPAN Binay Bohora says it is taking too long to organise an auction for other service providers. ‘It has been more than one-and-a-half years since the decision was taken by the government,’ said Bohora, adding that the decision to provide frequencies to only a select group of state-owned carriers is impractical. The telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority, has assigned 30MHz of WiMAX spectrum to NT, which intends to launch a service from next month with a focus on data services. However, the MoIC’s decision regarding the wider auction of WiMAX frequencies has again been delayed since the regulator has no chairman, according to a source at the authority.