Nepal Telecom (NT) has begun installing additional 4G LTE towers across the country after completing survey work and taking delivery of network equipment from Chinese vendor ZTE, reports Nepalitelecom.com. Although NT, Nepal’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, was the first telco to launch 4G services in the country in January 2017, further expansion beyond the Kathmandu and Pokhara districts was delayed when corruption watchdog the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) launched a probe in February 2018 into suspected financial irregularities in the 4G equipment procurement process. The telco finally announced in February 2019 that it had signed major equipment deals with Chinese companies China Communications Services International and ZTE with the aim of making 4G services available in all areas of the country within a year.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s telecom sector regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), has called on insurgent groups to stop targeting telecom infrastructure. It follows attacks on more than 25 base transceiver stations (BTS) in recent days by suspected Nepalese Communist Party supporters.