Nepal Satellite Telecom’s licence revoked

20 Aug 2019

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has revoked the licence of Nepal Satellite Telecom (NST) following the company’s failure to pay NPR70 million (USD607,000) in outstanding royalties and renewal fees by the 18 August deadline, reports The Himalayan Times citing NTA chairman Purshottam Khanal. NST, which owes the regulator almost NPR1 billion in unpaid fees and other liabilities, has the right to appeal the decision within 35 days beginning 18 August. The regulator noted it had been forced to take such action in order to encourage licence holders to honour their financial commitments and expand their services.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, NST was first issued with a Basic Telecommunications Service licence in 2008, enabling it to operate limited mobility services (LMS) and WiLL fixed-wireless services in the rural areas of mid-western region of Nepal, although the company failed to realise its plan to expand services nationwide. As of mid-December 2018, NST had a total of 25,554 LMS and 2,984 WiLL subscribers.