Nepalese mobile operator Ncell says it plans to invest USD120 million on its infrastructure this year, which will be its largest ever annual spend. According to a report from Republica, the firm is looking to expand its footprint into remote and rural areas of Nepal, building 214 new sites to fill in coverage gaps. Meanwhile, it is also upgrading its existing infrastructure to 3G technology, with upgrades planned at 218 locations. The cellco currently provides 3G services in the Kathmandu Valley and the Everest region. Ncell also says it has applied to the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) for a licence to provide 4G LTE services; the operator’s managing director Simon Perkins is quoted as saying: ‘We are awaiting a positive decision from the NTA, and are hopeful it will come soon.’ Telia of Sweden recently sold its 80% interest in Ncell to Malaysia’s Axiata Group for USD1.365 billion.