NTA (the regulator of telecomunication service in Nepal) has finally opened up the telecom infrastructure sharing license. So, the regulator has asked for application to get license to provide telecommunication infrastructure services in Nepal. There will be two license to give away for the eligible firms. With the service, NTA has planned to encourage telecom infrastructure sharing in Nepal.
The infrastructure sharing in telecom has been talked in this industry from a long time. But the major operators Ntc and Ncell did not have any significant pact for such sharing till now. Though there was small scale sharing done before.
Impacts of Infrastructure sharing
Infrastructure sharing refers to the sharing of mobile towers, powers, shelters and more, among two or more telecom companies. The realization of such sharing will help the telecom industry and country in many regards. Such as lowering of cost to new telecom operators, faster roll out and eventually resulting in improved telecom services in different parts of the country. This also includes some remote areas where for a small operator it is impossible to reach. It will be a win win for all the parties to share the infrastructure and improve the whole telecom industry situation.
NTA intends to issue 2 (TWO) licenses to the successful Applicants to provide telecommunications infrastructure service in Nepal to promote sharing of telecom infrastructures. Currently, NTA is only looking for sharing of passive infrastructures like Tower, Power, shelters e.t.c.
Interested firms can apply for the license within Dec 17, with their telecom infrastructure experience and capability. The license will make the selected firm to provide the infrastructure sharing service to telecom operators and Internet service providers.
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