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  1. Mamta Sonwalkar
    Mamta Sonwalkar June 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm | | Reply

    hi someone I could not get to the full article.

    1. Rohit
      Rohit October 27, 2015 at 9:51 am | | Reply

      Hi Mamta,
      The fate of Nepali newspaper. Looks like THT has deleted their this piece of news. I was also looking for RDTF related news from Asia and came to this informative article – wish it was in depth.

      However, the following links might be of use to you (before the links let me copy the news items themselves – who knows when THT deletes them again!)

      NTA issues RfP seeking support in RTDF utilisation
      Kathmandu, August 26
      Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has invited request for proposal (RfP) from six short-listed international firms to help it assist in devising plans to utilise the Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF).

      The authority has provided time of 45 days to the short-listed firms to submit their technical and financial proposals.

      The selected consultant will work closely with NTA and define models for different types of services, recommend business cases to deliver telecom services in rural areas and determine implementation and monitoring plans, and support in procurement, among others.

      The six firms — Delta Partners Strategic Investment Services (Singapore), the United Arab Emirates-based French firms Sofrecom SA and Arthur D Little Middle East FZ-LLC, United Kingdom’s Laurasia Associates Ltd (in joint venture with Atlantic Telecoms and Media Ltd, and Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation), ICRA Management Consulting Service (India) and Cisco Systems Services (The Netherlands) — were shortlisted by NTA from 13 international firms that had submitted expression of interest to be its consultant.

      “We recently issued RfP to the six firms, asking them to submit their proposals by October 5,” said Achyuta Nanda Mishra, assistant spokesperson for NTA.

      He said that since NTA is already considering implementing a few projects by utilising the RTDF, the selected consultant would be responsible to identify the rural areas and technologies to expand telecom services there by investing the resources from the RTDF.

      The Telecommunications Act 1997 requires all licensees of NTA to contribute two per cent of their annual income from services to this fund, which was established 18 years ago for development, extension and operation of telecom services in rural and remote areas, where service expansion is not commercially viable.

      So far, the fund has collected more than Rs 10 billion, which has hardly been utilised owing to legal complications and procedural delays, among other reasons.

      By the end of the first quarter of the current fiscal year (mid-October), the size of the fund is expected to surge beyond a whopping Rs 11.5 billion, since telecom companies and internet service providers are yet to make contribution to the fund from their income of last fiscal year. As per NTA rules, the contribution should be made within three months after a fiscal year ends.

      In the current fiscal year, NTA plans to utilise Rs 1.48 billion from the fund for projects, including ‘District Optical Fibre Network’ and ‘Connect a School, Connect a Community’ and broadband infrastructure development in new settlements of 14 districts that were most affected due to the April and May earthquakes. Apart from these projects, the government has been mulling over utilising the fund for projects like ‘Making ICT Accessible for the Disabled People’ and ‘Establishment and Operation of Mobile Tower with Mandatory Provision for Sharing’.
      Link: http://thehimalayantimes.com/business/nta-issues-rfp-seeking-support-in-rtdf-utilisation/

      NTA to utilise RTDF in rebuilding networks
      NTA CALLS FOR PROPOSAL FROM NT AND NCELL FOR BUILDING NETWORKS IN AFFECTED DISTRICTS BY UTILISING RTDF
      KATHMANDU: In a bid to rebuild the network in earthquake affected districts, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has called for proposals from Nepal Telecom (NT) and Ncell stating their plans on what can be done. In response to NTA’s decision to utilise Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF) to reconstruct the damaged infrastructure, Ncell has already submitted its proposal to NTA stating its plans to both rebuild as well as set up new infrastructure for telecommunications. NT is in the final stage of the study about what can be done to repair the damage, alongside expansion of telecommunication networks.

      In order to make investment and give service in the areas that do not generate much profit, NTA had formed the fund. Two per cent of the total revenue generated from both these companies goes to create RTDF. Hence, NTA has requested NT and Ncell to share infrastructure that is to be built employing money collected in the fund.

      Citing that the proposal put forward by the Ncell focuses on building a resilient network in the 14 affected-districts, including Kathmandu, Milan Mani Sharma, Corporate Communication Expert at Ncell said, “The proposal ensures people in these districts get continuous connectivity in the near and distant future,” According to him, Ncell has proposed building 105 new sites for Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), connecting people through micro-wave and VSAT technologies. Likewise, to guarantee that these areas have long-term resilient infrastructure links, it has proposed to lay high capacity optical fibre in those areas.

      “To be specific, Ncell has proposed laying of 1,283 km of optical fibre to ensure connectivity,” he added.

      Besides that Ncell has also proposed implementation of Internet Protocol-Radio Access Network (IP-RAN), which boosts capacity of the sites enabling rural broadband. “Building these sites ensure significant increase in geographical coverage of mobile network and ensure 97 per cent of the population of these affected districts have access to resilient network and mobile services,” he opined. He believes that enabling rural broadband at this juncture would be significant as it would contribute to rebuilding works, by ensuring people, communities and rebuilding agencies to access data and adopt appropriate solutions.

      Similarly, NT is positive towards NTA’s decision to working together in rebuilding the damaged infrastructure which will help in the upgrade of the entire telephony network and it has diverse plans for it. However, the company has not yet submitted its written proposal to NTA as it is underway. “We are not being able to give optimal service in the affected areas because they have been spotted with severely damaged infrastructure,” said Dilli Adhikari, Deputy Manager/ Joint Spokesperson at NT, adding that if not repaired soon, the damage will make communication process even worse. As for the proposal that NT is due to submit to the NTA, he informed that the company has highlighted in building infrastructure to make service efficient and to provide a full range of technical solutions from 2G and 3G to coming generation networks.

      Both Nepal Telecom (NT) and Ncell have an equal market share of 46 per cent each in voice telephony services since the early 2015.
      Link: http://thehimalayantimes.com/business/nta-to-utilise-rtdf-in-rebuilding-networks/

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