Nepalese telcos to share networks in areas hit by earthquake

26 May 2015

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has proposed a range of network sharing measures to help speed up the restoration of communications services to areas hit by the recent devastating earthquakes. The Himalayan Times reports that the regulator wants to use money from the Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF) to build passive telecom infrastructure including towers and fibre, which will then be shared by telecoms providers. Operators will bid to deploy sections of the shared network, with the rollout contract going to the firm requiring the lowest level of subsidies. Rival firms will be able to use the infrastructure to help reconnect their own customers.