Ncell, Nepal’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, is set to be awarded spectrum in the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands, local website NepaliTelecom.com reports. The frequencies were included in a stop-start spectrum sale which was launched by the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) on 19 December 2018. The process sought to sell off blocks of ‘residual’ spectrum not currently in use.
Frequencies up for grabs included: 2×3MHz in the 900MHz band; 2×16MHz in the 1800MHz band; and 2×10MHz/2×15MHz in the 2100MHz band (depending on an operator’s current spectrum holdings). The website claims that only Ncell has lodged a bid for the spectrum in these bands. In contrast, both Nepal Telecom and Ncell have bid for the 1800MHz frequency allowance, and the outcome has yet to be decided by the regulator. Once assigned, all licences will be valid for a period of 25 years.