N24 Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dr. Yubraj Khatiwada said that the Board of Directors at Nepal Telecom (NT) should decide on its own if it needs a strategic partner.
At a meeting of the Development and Technology Committee of the House of Representatives on Friday, the Minister shared that discussions were held to give the NT management in contract for some time on to give additional dividends. The problems created due to procurement laws for the NT, the public company with the government investment, can be troubleshot.
Other private company can go for the implementation by taking instant decision but this won’t suit best in the case of the state-owned enterprises due to Public Procurement Act, according to Minister Dr Khatiwada. Since taking the leadership of the Ministry, direction was given to the officials for the timely repair of the ill-functioned telecom towers, he claimed.
Since issues were raised to opt for ‘utility corridor’, this has already been started in some cities. On the occasion, Chairman of Nepal Telecommunication Authority Purushottam Khanal said they were facing hardship to run the telephone towers due to power disruption. He complained that they were compelled to charge the towers via solar energy in some remote areas.
He said that new service providers were failing to compete with the market as they should pay Rs 20 billion as renewal charge every five years. He further shared that due to this provision, only NTC and NCell were providing their services.
Similarly, Managing Director at Telecom Dilliram Adhikari said they are also facing hardship to charge the telephone towers in some areas where there is only small hydropower and no generators. He said optical fiber was being lid in the Mid Hill Highway and about 40 towers would be installed there.
The committee members Kamal Rokka, Damodar Bhandari, Sanjay Gautam, Asha Kumari BK, Rajendra Lingden, Yagyaraj Sunar, Rangamati Shahi, Durga Poudel have complained the poor service of the NTC.
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