NTA backtracks on Ncell 4G licence award

30 May 2017

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has reversed its decision to give Ncell a 4G licence, reports The Nation. Earlier this month TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that the second largest cellco in Nepal had finally been granted permission from the regulator to launch a 4G LTE network across the country. The move was controversial, however, as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) advised the NTA against awarding Ncell with a 4G licence until it had paid its outstanding debts. Despite initially not heeding the advice of the PAC, the NTA has now relented and said it would abide by the fresh directive from the PAC to bar Ncell from launching a 4G service until it had paid the capital gains tax it owed following Telia Company’s sale of its stake in Ncell to Malaysian company Axiata. The NTA had previously stated that Ncell could activate its 4G network from 1 June 2017, however, this will no longer be the case.