As a result of Nepal Electricity Authority’s (NEA) decision to remove optical fibre connections from utility poles in various locations, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has expressed its discontent with the move, which has resulted in the suspension of internet services. According to a statement made by the National Telecommunications Authority on Saturday, internet connections were affected in several regions as a result of the NEA’s decision.
Many internet and cable TV wires were removed from the National Electricity Authority’s (NEA) poles in locations including as Biratnagar, Janakpur, Pokhara, Butwal, Surkhet and Dhangadhi, among others.
“Because every problem can be resolved through dialogue, we request that the Nepal Electricity Authority, the Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal, and all other parties involved resolve the issue through mutual discussion and make arrangements to ensure that the Internet service is available without interruption,” the announcement states.
In a similar vein, the NTA has warned the NEA that legal action may be taken against them. “Internet services were disrupted as a result of the removal of optical fibres by the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), despite the fact that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the NTA were attempting to resolve the issue through dialogues related to the hike in utility pole rent between the Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal and the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).” Anyone found to be interfering with telecommunications services would be prosecuted under the Nepal Telecommunications Act 1997, according to the notice.
Previously, the National Electricity Authority (NEA) voted to raise the rent charged to ISPs for the use of utility poles. Following the action, internet service providers (ISPs) approached the National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) and requested that the cost of internet services be increased by Rs 150 in rural regions and Rs 300 in urban areas per subscriber.