Nepal Telecom (NT), Nepal’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, expects to complete the nationwide expansion of its 4G network by mid-February 2020, reports The Himalayan Times, citing NT’s managing director Dilli Adhikari. The executive claims around 70% of the core network has already been built, while work on the radio access networks is 45% complete. The operator states that over 6.5 million subscribers will benefit from expanded 4G services.
Although NT 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.