Nepal unveils new broadband policy

11 Nov 2014

The government of Nepal has unveiled its new National Broadband Policy 2014, under which it hopes to spur the development of high speed internet services in the country. The document, which has been prepared by sector regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), aims to have at least 30% of households subscribing to a broadband service by 2018, up from around 5% currently, with networks passing at least 45% of premises by that date. In addition, the NTA wants to see the price of entry-level services brought down to below 3.5% of per-capita income, or NPR208 (USD2.10) a month, from the existing level of 17% of income. According to a report from the Himalayan, other targets set by the policy include expanding broadband internet service to 70% of village development committees within three years of implementation of the policy, connecting 20% of public secondary schools with a service of at least 1Mbps, and introducing broadband access to all state-owned hospitals and at least 15% of health posts by 2018.