Regulator sets deadline for Nepal Telecom to pay mobile licence renewal fee

14 May 2019

Nepal’s telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), demanded Nepal Telecom pay the full NPR20 billion (USD176.7 million) mobile licence renewal fee by 11 May 2019, reports local website Nepal Telecom has claimed that the amount, which is payable every five years and applied to all operators, is excessive and unsustainable. The NTA has warned any delay in payment of the fee, which is based on the NPR20 billion rival mobile operator Ncell paid for its licence in 2014, could result in legal issues.

Meanwhile, Nepal Telecom trade unions have written to the NTA arguing it is hampering the government-owned telco and losing sight of its primary role to provide affordable services to the public.