Presentation on theme: "Interconnection Regime in Nepal"— Presentation transcript:
1 Interconnection Regime in Nepal Nepal Telecommunications Authority
2 Regulatory RegimeNepal Telecommunications Authority was established in 1998 as an autonomous regulatory body, to manage & regularize telecommunications services pursuant to the Telecommunications Act, 1997.Separate Telecommunications Policy was formulated in 1999 in line with the National Communications Policy ,1992.In order to benefit the Nepalese people from the dynamic technological changes around the World in telecom sector New Telecommunications Policy was formulated in 2004.
3 Telecom Statistics at a glance (as of Chaitra, 2066, 14 April, 2010) ParticularsNo.of linesTele-densityFixed line PSTN and wireless826,0712.95%Mobile GSM and CDMA6,828,46824.35%Others(LM,GMPCS,WCDMA)336,4751.20%Total7,991,01428.50%(
4 Data /internet services in Nepal (as of Chaitra, 2066, 14 April, 2010) No. of line.Dailup (PSTN +ISDN)28,863Wireless Modem, Optical Fibre Ethernet13,000Cable Modem, Cable etc.32,500ADSL33,780GPRS749,929CDMA 1X85,160Total943,232
5 List of Licensees (as of 14 April, 2010) The number of licenses issued by the NTA is as follows:Basic Telecommunications 3Cellular Mobile 2Network service provider 9VSAT userInternet (including ) 42International Trunk telephone 2GMPCSRural telecom Service 2Limited MobilityRural VSAT user 8Rural internet service provider 5
6 Interconnection development Interconnection Guidelines (IG) ………….1st IG.Based on retail tariff structure of incumbent operator rather than cost based.Interconnection Guideline effective from May, 2008Replaced the first IGBased on LRIC+ model to cover the sunk costs, especially cost incurred for those infrastructures built in rural areas.Does not cover NGN.Two options for entering into Interconnection Agreement (IA)Negotiating and establishing in good faith, with another licenseeEnter into an IA with another licensee by accepting another licensee's RIO.Obligation to all operators to interconnect each other.Interconnection usage charge is fixed by the NTA and operators may fix there own mutually agreed IUC but not exceeding rate fixed by the NTA.
7 Interconnection Usage Charge IUC on international calls is as follows.Incoming calls: International termination up to Point of interconnection (for circuit switch only) NRs 1.80 per minutes.Outgoing Calls: The international gateway operator will receive 75% of the retail tariff.New interconnection guideline does not address the IUC for VOIP service as well as other IP based services.
8 Tariff to call SATRC countries Amount in USD per minutesCountriesNepal TelecomUnited TelecomNcellSTM TelecomNepal SatelliteSmart TelecomIndia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka0.160.08 to 0.200.07 to 0.250.20Maldives, Bhutan0.20 to 0.250.220.24Afghanistan0.320.25 to 0.270.350.40Except SATRC most of the countries0.09 to 0.200.27 to 0.630.390.48