The government of Nepal has renewed the mobile operating licence of privately-owned carrier Ncell allowing it to operate GSM services for the next five years. This is the first licence extension for the firm, previously known as Spice Nepal Private Ltd, since it acquired its concession and launched services ten years ago. According to The Himalayan, Ncell’s licence expired on 31 August. The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) said it decided to renew the concession given that the cellco has been making regular payments on its GSM licence over the past two years. The renewal fee is NPR20 billion (USD208.5 million) and Ncell has been making regular instalments of NPR2.5 billion over the past two years, it said.