The working process for the test of new technology-2078 BS was approved by the NTA Board at a meeting held a few days ago. The NTA’s action has prepared the path for the use of 5G wireless internet.
Purushottam Khanal, the chair of the country’s telecoms regulatory agency, stated that the working method for the 5G experiment had been prepared.
Now is the time for service providers to apply for a trial. Details regarding the test modality, information about new technology, trial site, and frequency description required for the test, use, planned services and their process, network installation and operation timetable, and action plan are all required in the application.
For a maximum of one year, the NTA will supply free frequency for trial use. The NTA will not charge service recipients throughout the trial period. The trial service must include both rural and urban areas, according to the service providers. They are also responsible for managing the trial service’s hardware and software, as well as informing them of the NTA.
The Authority has the authority to revoke the operation licence if no progress is made in the work on the import of necessary equipment and its installation within three months of approval, as stated in the work procedure.
With the Authority’s authorization, the service provider could re-use the equipment used during the 4G trial period. If the equipment is not utilised, it shall be sealed or returned to the concerned vendor in the presence of the Authority, and the regulating body should be notified.
Prior to this, Nepal Telecom had already presented its 5G trial work procedure to the Authority. Telecom has been unable to test 5G since the frequency required has yet to be determined. In February, the Authority established the frequency for 5G in Nepal.
The Frequency Board approved a frequency identified by the National Frequency Management Forum, paving the path for the growth of the 5G service. Despite the fact that the Authority’s proposal for frequency licencing for 5G service was given to the Radio Frequency Policy Determination Committee, the Committee has yet to approve it.