Nepal Telecom (NT) has revealed plans to introduce 4G LTE mobile services in its next fiscal year which begins in July. The firm has sought approval for the launch from the regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), but is still awaiting a response. The Kathmandu Post quotes NT’s Managing Director Buddhi Prasad Acharya as saying: ‘It has been more than a year since we requested the NTA to allow us to launch the 4G service. We will kick start the expansion as soon as we get the approval.’
NT said in September 2014 that it was considering using LTE technology to replace all its existing networks – GSM, CDMA, W-CDMA, WiMAX and fixed line – for the provision of broadband data services. It announced in January this year that – in tandem with its 4G rollout – it plans to expand its 3G services nationwide and phase out its 2G networks completely.