NTA charges Nepal Telecom NPR20bn for mobile licence renewal

19 Mar 2019

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has set Nepal Telecom’s licence renewal fee at NPR20 billion (USD179.9 million). The renewed concession will run for a further five-year period. Local technology site NepaliTelecom.com quotes Purushottam Khanal, the acting chairman of the NTA, as saying: ‘The decision to collect NPR20 billion from Nepal Telecom for the licence renewal will apply for all the telcos.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Nepal Telecom is the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, and claimed 20.497 million at end-December 2018, equivalent to a 52.8% market share.