NTA plans to issue licence to improve competition

8 Aug 2019

Nepal’s telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), has threatened to issue a licence to a foreign firm due to concerns about a lack of competition and investment in the telecoms market, reports The Himalayan Times citing NTA chairman Purshottam Khanal. The market is currently dominated by three operators, namely Nepal Telecom, Ncell and Smart Telecom. Mr Khanal warned that the regulator will rescind the licence of any firm that has failed to develop telecom services and award it to a foreign operator. This could affect companies such United Telecom and Nepal Satellite Telecom, which have failed to introduce services or expand them nationwide and also owe significant amounts in unpaid fees and taxes.