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Nepal Telecom Postpones 5G Trials

2023-01-04 15:06:00| Source:CommsUpdate

Nepal Telecom (NT), the country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscriptions, has been forced to postpone the launch of its long-awaited 5G network trials due to a shortage of compatible smartphones in the country. The Kathmandu Post reports. The company said it had taken the decision to delay the scheduled deployment of 5G networks in the Sundhara and Babarmahal districts of Kathmandu on 1 January to enable further preparations, as only a limited number of handsets currently support 5G using the 2600MHz band frequencies allocated by the authorities. The trials could now begin in two to three weeks, NT spokesperson Shobhan Adhikari confirmed.

The operator had planned to kick off 5G trials in mid-July 2021, but the timetable was delayed by a change of government which postponed assignment of the additional spectrum resources required. Having finally been granted a testing permit and 60MHz of frequencies in the 2600MHz band the following November, NT then encountered further problems with equipment delivery. The operator now intends to conduct trials in all seven provinces of the country by the end of its current financial year (mid-July 2023)