Government overturns NTA's decision to revoke licences

8 Jan 2020

The Nepalese government has overturned the Nepal Telecommunications Authority’s (NTA) decision to revoke the licences of telecom service providers Smart Telecom and Nepal Satellite Telecom (NST) and the ISP WebSurfer for non-payment of fees, reports The Himalayan Times citing a telecoms ministry official. During a cabinet meeting on 6 January, it was decided to allow the three companies to continue to operate and pay their outstanding liabilities in two instalments over twelve months. According to the NTA, Smart Telecom owes NPR2.3 billion (USD19.8 million) in frequency royalties, licence fees and other contributions, NST NPR827 million and WebSurfer NPR37 million.