Nepal’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) has asked the industry regulator, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), to submit the draft Broadband Policy within the fiscal year. The long awaited policy to stimulate growth in the mountain nation’s high speed internet market has been on the drawing board for five years, and shelved until now due to what were terms ‘procedural delays’. The NTA has now been given a month to submit the final draft with one leading official, Ananda Raj Khanal, claiming that the agency is ‘positive’ it will be able to meet the MoIC deadline. The government-backed ‘National IT Roadmap — a guideline for ICT sector’s development for next five years’ is considered vital to the development of new infrastructure and e-government in Nepal, setting the agenda on high speed network development and service expansion, according the NTA.
Highlights of the draft Broadband Policy are:
- The setting up of a National IT Roadmap with the task of devising a broadband policy for Nepal
- Setting agendas on broadband infrastructure development and service expansion
- Defining broadband by identifying the minimum speed in kbps to guarantee the quality of service (QoS); and
- Formulating new policy within the master plan to incorporate the recommendations of the Wireless Broadband Master Plan.