Telegeography’s CommsUpdate: Nepal Telecom (NT), Nepal’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced plans to switch off its CDMA service during the 2020-21 fiscal year and use the spectrum for 4G services, reports local news site My Republica citing NT’s managing director, Dilli Ram Adhikari.
The operator originally launched CDMA services in 2006 to provide limited mobility services in Kathmandu and currently uses frequency in the 800MHz and 1900MHz bands. Nepal’s Radio Frequency Policy Determination Committee (RFPDC) previously announced in April 2019 that CDMA networks will be shut down by 2022 in order to refarm the 800MHz spectrum band. The NTA awarded 2×10MHz of 800MHz spectrum to NT for 4G LTE in February 2019 on the condition that the operator returns 6MHz of airwaves after the CDMA network shutdown.
Meanwhile, NT has also announced that its 4G LTE service is now available in more than 2,000 locations across all the country’s 77 districts, as part of an aggressive expansion program initiated last year.