State owned fixed and mobile operator Nepal Telecom (NT) has handed over NPR480.7 million (USD5.69 million) to the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) as payment of its 3G frequency fee, according to MyRepublica. The regulator had set a fee of NPR1.44 billion covering the period 2006 – 2012, but NT said the reduced sum it handed over reflects the fact that it only began offering 3G commercially in 2010. As per the terms of the country’s recently adopted ‘Radio Frequency Policy 2012’, NT will be required to pay NPR240 million per annum for the next six year for the rights to use 2×10MHz of 3G spectrum in Nepal.
In a separate development, NT says it has launched WiMAX wireless broadband internet services in three more administrative zones: Lumbini, Gandaki and Dhaulagiri. The carrier deployed WiMAX services in Kathmandu Valley in November 2012, initially targeting the business user segment, and says it plans to distribute 200,000 lines within a year, making the service available across Nepal. Apart for the recently added zones, NT’s WiMAX internet service – which promises a minimum 256kpbs connection – is currently available in Kathmandu Valley, Kavrepalanchowk, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Chitwan and Makwanpur.