The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has granted four new national internet service provider (ISP) authorisations, bringing the total number of licensed ISPs to 45. My Net and Lumbini Net were granted new permits, while Mega Broadcast and Otel Communications bought licences from existing ISPs Everest Net and Zentech International respectively, local news portal eKantipur reports. My Net is based in Dharan while Lumbini Net is based in Tansen, Palpa. Separately, rural ISP licences – which permit firms to provide access only in one village area – have been issued to Pico Soft in Pokhara and to Syangja Internet in Syangja. Nepal’s internet market is dominated by state-backed operator Nepal Telecom.