Nepal’s dominant fixed line and mobile operator Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) is poised to begin distributing Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM) cards as part of its plan to promote its new IP-CDMA based 1xEV-DO data service (maximum 3.1Mbps), dubbed Sky Pro. eKantipur reports that under the strategy, NT intends to bundle the service with new handsets supplied by Micromax, Lenovo and Alcatel, adding that the state-owned telco will soon sign an agreement with local dealers of the handsets. According to Anoop Ranjan Bhattarai, director at NT’s Wireless Telephone Directorate, ‘We are planning to sign the agreement soon to start distribution of R-UIM cards within a month’. NT had hoped to sell 300,000 R-UIM cards by the end of its current financial year, but has so far only sold around half that figure. In August 2011 Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei Technologies signed a USD30 million contract with the carrier for the Sky Pro project, which reportedly has capacity for two million mobile lines. The new handsets will cost between NPR10,000 and NPR20,000 (USD106.4 and USD212.8).