NTA urges NEA to resolve issue of rising utility pole rents through dialogue – myRepublica

KATMANDU, October 3: The Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has expressed its displeasure with the decision of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to remove fiber optic connections from power poles at various locations, resulting in disruption of services Internet. According to an announcement released by the NTA on Saturday, internet services have been disrupted in various provinces due to the NEA’s decision.

The NEA has removed a number of Internet and cable TV wires from its poles in places such as Biratnagar, Janakpur, Pokhara, Butwal, Surkhet and Dhangadhi, among others.

“As every problem can be solved through dialogue, we ask the Nepal Electricity Authority, the Nepal Internet Service Providers Association and all concerned parties to solve the problem through mutual discussion and make arrangements for the smooth use of the Internet service, ”he added. the ad reads.

Likewise, the NTA warned the NEA against legal action against it. “Internet services were blocked due to the removal of fiber optics by the NTA, even when the Department of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the NTA attempted to resolve the issue through dialogues linked to the Internet. the increase in the rent of electricity poles between the Association of Internet Service Providers of Nepal and NEA. “According to Nepal’s Telecommunications Law of 1997, anyone obstructing such services will be punished by law,” the announcement said.

Previously, the NEA had decided to increase the rent for the use of utility poles by ISPs. Following the action, the ISPs knocked on the doors of the NTA to increase the prices of internet services by Rs 150 in rural areas and Rs 300 in urban areas per subscriber.

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