Nepal to shut down CDMA from 2022

09 Apr 2019

The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has reportedly decided to switch off CDMA services in Nepal from 2022.

The regulator's Radiofrequency Policy Determination Committee has decided on a policy of CDMA network shutdowns in order to pave the way for refarming spectrum in the 800-MHz band, NepaliTelecomreported.

Currently only Nepal Telecom operates an active CDMA service, under the brand Sky. The service is currently available in most areas of the country, but the user base is low due to the preference for GSM services in the market.

Nepal Telecom had decided in 2017 to stop investing further in both CDMA and Wimax, but has not currently set a date for the network shutdown.

The operator plans to return its 6 MHz of 800-MHz spectrum to the regulator after the network shutdown.

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