Smallest Nepalese cellco by subscribers Smart Telecom has been awarded a 4G LTE licence by regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), reports The Himalayan Times. The company becomes the third in Nepal after Nepal Telecom (NT) and Ncell (the two dominant mobile operators) to be awarded the 4G LTE licence and the NTA has given permission for Smart Telecom to launch this service from 30 July. NTA spokesperson Min Prasad Aryal stated: ‘We have authorised Smart Telecom to launch 4G service within its existing 1800MHz frequency under the technology neutrality principle.’ The granting of the 4G licence has been made under the condition that Smart Telecom pays its dues such as frequency fees, renewal fees and royalty fees before 30 July.
In its 4G rollout plan submitted to the NTA in December 2016, Smart Telecom explained it planned to deploy its 4G service initially to the major cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Birgunj, Bhairahawa and others. The NTA believes that opening up 4G to more operators will help to ensure healthy competition in Nepal’s mobile market and also make sure that companies maintain a high level of service and quality.