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Nepal Considering Allowing Network Infrastructure Sharing

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Nepal's Telecommunications Authority (NTA) is consulting on building its own passive network infrastructure which will be shared with the mobile networks.

The regulator is considering tapping some of the funds from the Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF) to build infrastructure such as towers, optical fibres and buildings in cost-sharing basis.

The aim is to improve coverage in rural areas, but also to improve resilience of the networks in the earthquake prone region. The recent devastating earthquake also seriously damaged communications in the affected areas.

There are also concerns that the mobile networks will focus rebuilding efforts on more commercially viable areas, leaving distant rural outposts without mobile coverage for far longer than ideal.

"If one telecom company rebuilds the necessary infrastructure in such areas and then inks infrastructure sharing agreement with other firms, it would bring down the investment cost significantly," Digambar Jha, chairman of NTA told the Himalayan Times.

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