Supreme Court halts Nepalese spectrum auction

8 Feb 2019

The stop-start auction of frequencies in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands by the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has ground to a halt once more, with the regulator postponing the process at the behest of the Supreme Court.

The spectrum sale – which was launched by the NTA on 19 December 2018 – seeks to sell off blocks of ‘residual’ spectrum not currently in use. Frequencies up for grabs include: 2×3MHz in the 900MHz band; 2×16MHz in the 1800MHz band; and 2×10MHz/2×15MHz in the 2100MHz band (depending on current spectrum holdings).

As per the original terms of the auction, would-be bidders must be in possession of a ‘Basic Telephone Service Licence’ or a ‘Mobile Service Licence’ from the NTA and must not have defaulted on a previous payment to the regulator. Once assigned, all licences will be valid for a period of 25 years.