Telecom policy regime in limbo
|04, Jan 2013|
The telecom policy regime has once again come to a
standstill after the Supreme Court stayed the appointment of Digambar Jha to
the post of chairman of Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA). NTA cannot
take any policy decision in the absence of a chairman, said director at NTA
Ananda Raj Khanal. Telecom policy regime has been tackling with various crucial
issues including Quality of Service, unified licence provision, newly adopted
spectrum policy, infrastructure sharing and others, said Khanal, adding sector
will be affected if the government fails to manage an alternative to the
chairman until the final verdict is given by the Supreme Court.
Ministry of Information and Communications must take a
concrete decision to ensure that the policy regime is not affected at the
authority due to the absence of a chairman, he opined. Earlier, the ministry
had formed a committee at NTA allowing it to take decisions in administrative
issues after the resignation of then chairman Bhesh Raj Kanel in July 2012.
The authority to take decisions on internal administrative
issues is not sufficient, Khanal said. The government has endorsed unified
licence provision and some telecom service providers have already applied for
it, he said, adding the telecom sector will be affected if the government fails
to implement the unified licence provision.