The Nepalese government has revealed more details about its planned sale of technology-neutral spectrum for wireless broadband services. According to a report from The Himalayan, an initial sale will offer 30MHz of frequencies in the 2.3GHz band to an internet service provider (ISP), to be used solely for data services. This will be followed by another auction of 30MHz of spectrum in the same band, this time covering both voice and data services, and this sale is likely to attract a mobile operator looking to deploy 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. A timeframe for the two sales has not been given.
Fixed line incumbent Nepal Telecom (NT) has held 30MHz of frequencies in the 2.3GHz band since 2010, which it has used to provide wireless broadband services via a WiMAX network. The operator had 8,859 WiMAX subscribers as of 14 June 2014.