Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has released a working procedure for 5G trials, consequently opening the way for 5G trials in Nepal. The approach consists of the terms and conditions that telecom companies have to stick to during, before, throughout, and after the 5G trials.
NTA initiates the way for 5G Trials
The working procedure published on July 19 is based on the decision of the Radio Frequency Policy Determination Committee. The committee falls under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT).
Telecom companies have to submit an application to NTA describing their modality and plans for 5G trials. Additionally, they’ll need to combine details regarding the frequency, trial site, and proposed timeline for operation and operation connection. NTA has made it compulsory for telcos to involve both rural and town areas in their trial site.
5G infrastructure in Nepal
Nepal Telecommunication Authority will then determine whether to approve or disapprove the request. Telcos can only begin building the network infrastructure after the approval. If they fail to outline any progress in infrastructure development, NTA can dismiss their trial license. Once the trial is over after NTAs approval telcos can carry on using network equipment for 4G.
Free 5G for customers
The frequency needed for the 5G trials will be provided to telcos by NTA for free. On the other hand, they won’t be allowed to take any fee from the customer throughout the trial period. This trial period can go up to 12 months.
Telcos also have to submit reports to NTA every 3 months about the progress of the trial. They need to mention problems, opportunities, and suggestions regarding 5G implementation.
5G in Nepal: The roadblock
Nepal Telecom (NT) is all but ready to begin 5G trials in Nepal. The Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government is still to pick a Communications and Information Technology Minister. This has stopped the process of spectrum allotment. We believe the process will continue once the position in MoCIT is filled.
The recent political changes can hinder Nepal’s dream of becoming the first South Asian country to have fifth-generation mobile connectivity. India is in line and has already given green signals to a couple of telcos for 5G trials.
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