Four of Nepal’s telcos submit bids for unified licence

29 Nov 2012

The Himalaya Times reports that four out of six telecoms service providers in Nepal have applied for the new unified service licences being offered by the regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA). The four – Nepal Telecom (NT), Spice Nepal Private (Ncell), Smart Telecom and United Teleocm Limited (UTL) – all submitted applications on or by 27 September, with the paper noting that they have already been paying the requisite licence, royalty and frequency fees stated as a condition of obtaining a unified licence. NTA director Ananda Raj Khanal added that UTL and Smart – like NT and Ncell – will be eligible to offer GSM and 3G mobile services if their bids are approved.

The government of Nepal ratified the planned introduction of a unified licensing scheme around five months ago, allowing network operators to deliver fixed, mobile and data services on a single licence in return for a fee of NPR357.50 million (USD4.09 million) and the agreement to pay a licence renewal fee of NPR20.13 billion for ten years.

Nepal, Ncell Axiata, Nepal Telecom (NT), Smart Telecom (Nepal), United Telecom Limited (UTL)