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TeliaSonera Willing to Deploy LTE Services in Nepal in 2012

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Nepal could get an LTE network if the government releases the necessary licenses, TeliaSonera has said. TeliaSonera is the majority shareholder with 60.4% of the shares in the local mobile network operator, Ncell. The mobile network launched a 3G network last year.

"I can't exactly say the date. But if we get permission and spectrum in Nepal, we are positive to operate the service," said Håkan Dahlström, head of TeliaSonera's Mobility Services.

TeliaSonera has unveiled its plan of launching 4G service in most of the European countries by 2011. Officials said that in the case of Nepal, the service will be made available by 2012.

A few months ago, Ncell had approached Nepal Telecom Authority - the telecom service regulator - for spectrum and license for 4G operation, but the regulator has not responded to its request.

TeliaSonera has a right to increase its ownership in Ncell to 72.9 percent in the future if certain conditions are met.

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