UTL ordered to pay for unified licence

23 Feb 2015

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has ordered fixed-wireless and limited mobility CDMA operator United Telecommunications Limited (UTL) to acquire a unified licence within 30 days or risk losing its wireless spectrum. To get the unified license, UTL must pay a one-off licensing fee of NPR357.5 million (USD3.5 million) plus a licence renewal fee of NPR20.13 billion, which can be paid in instalments over ten years. According to a report from Republica, UTL has already paid NPR107.5 million as part payment of the licensing fee. UTL is 80%-owned by three Indian companies – Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), Telecommunications Consultants India and Tata Communications – with 20% held by a domestic firm called Nepal Ventures. A unified licence would enable UTL to utilise its frequencies for a full mobile network launch.

Nepal, United Telecom Limited (UTL)