Government preparing to begin 5G testing in four cities

19 Mar 2021

Nepal’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MOCIT) has announced that it will soon commence testing of 5G networks in four cities of the country, reports The Himalayan Times. Communications Minister Parbat Gurung revealed that necessary technical and infrastructure studies are being conducted prior to staging 5G trials in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Birgunj and Biratnagar, during which consumers will be able to access the service free of charge. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the MOCIT instructed state-owned telecoms provider Nepal Telecom (NT) to begin 5G network testing during the current financial year ending mid-July.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the National Radio Frequency Policy Determination Committee has given approval for the tests to begin and will now decide which frequencies will be allocated to operators for 5G services. The National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has proposed using low-band 700MHz, 900MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz spectrum, mid-band 3300MHz, 3400MHz, 3600MHz and 4100MHz frequencies and 26GHz high-band spectrum.