Nepal’s SC boots out unified licence petitions, paper says

19 Sep 2013

The Supreme Court (SC) in Nepal has kicked out seven petitions relating to the awarding of unified telecommunications licences in the country, clearing the way for new operators to enter the domestic mobile (GSM) segment, writes Telecompaper. TeleGeography notes that three firms – Smart Telecom, United Telecom (UTL), and CG Communications (formerly STM Telecom Sanchar) – have submitted applications to the regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), for a unified licence, with the first named of these securing a concession in April. However, UTL has had to wait for the court cases to be answered before receiving its licence, while CG Communications’ bid was turned down as it failed to meet minimum bidding criteria. CG sought redress through the SC though, saying the NTA’s decision not to award it a unified licence was unfair and asking for an annulment of the licences granted to its two rivals.