National telecoms regulator Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) reportedly plans to assign new mobile number(s) and additional wireless frequencies to local player Smart Telecom, which recently acquired a unified licence in the country. eKanitpur reports that the decision was taken at a board meeting yesterday and quotes NTA director Ananda Raj Khanal as saying that Smart Telecom will be allocated frequency from the 1800MHz band. ‘It will get 12MHz from the remaining 60MHz [available] considering the five players in the market,’ he said. ‘That’s why [the necessary] frequency allocation has been made even for them,’ he added.
Privately owned mobile operator Ncell has been provided 11MHz of spectrum, with the NTA promising to allocate an additional 1MHz, if the company requests it. Meanwhile, United Telecom Limited (UTL) and Nepal Satellite Telecom (NST) will also be able to request additional frequencies he noted. The paper writes that while UTL has been issued with a unified licence, it is yet to formally receive it. NST has not applied for a licence.