Nepal Telecom hoping to see lower mobile licence renewal fee

20 Jan 2014

The government of Nepal is considering a move to reduce the renewal price of state-backed operator Nepal Telecom’s GSM mobile licence, which is due to expire in May. Under current legislation the firm must pay INR20.13 billion (USD327.16 million) to extend its concession for a further five years. The operator has been asking industry regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) to make a decision on the renewal price but the watchdog has yet to do so, local news site eKantipur reports. ‘We have written to the NTA twice in the last one month asking it what we should do. However, we have not heard from them,’ Nepal Telecom spokesperson Guna Keshari Pradhan said. The concession belonging to mobile market leader Ncell is set to expire at the end of August this year.