Parliament committee urges telecoms action in Nepal

12 Nov 2014

Nepal’s Parliamentary Development Committee has called on the country’s telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), to take over the management of mobile phone towers in the country in order to facilitate network sharing between operators, as well as to curb public fears over health risks caused by radiation from mobile masts. In addition, eKantipur reports, the Ministry of Information and Communication is being urged to push ahead with fibre-optic network rollouts in areas not yet reached by broadband infrastructure, while also ensuring that the country’s Rural Telecommunications Development Fund (RTDF) is managed and utilised efficiently. There is currently around NPR10 billion (USD100 million) available in the RTDF, but there have been complaints that the fund is not being used effectively.