Nepali mobile operator Ncell has said it will be ready to launch 4G LTE services in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Damauli within a month of receiving the go-ahead from the regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA). A report from the Himalayan Times says Axiata subsidiary Ncell submitted its work plan to the NTA on 4 November and is now awaiting permission to launch commercial services using 1800MHz spectrum. The operator has also asked to increase its holding in the 1800MHz band to 20MHz, from 11MHz currently.
Rival operator Nepal Telecom (NT) was given the green light to launch LTE services last month, with its switch-on scheduled for January 2017. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Nepal was home to 28.3 million mobile users at the end of June 2016.