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Nepal Telecommunication Authority Unveils New Frequency Policy 2080 including allowing UWB, 800 Mhz band and Extension of 5 Ghz band - Nepal/NTA Type Approval Updates

Introduction

The Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has recently released its latest frequency policy 2080, marking significant updates in the telecommunications landscape towards Nepal/NTA Type Approval and Market Access.


This article will delve into the key highlights and modifications outlined in this comprehensive policy.


1. Expanded Frequency Bands:

In accordance with the new policy, the NTA has expanded the permissible 5 GHz band, now encompassing the following ranges:

- 5.150 - 5.350 GHz

- 5.470 – 5.650 GHz

- 5.725 – 5.825 GHz

The maximum allowed transmitter output power for this band is set at 1W (30 dBm), with a maximum Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) of 4W (36 dBm).


2. Ultra Wide Band (UWB) Integration:

The policy introduces Ultra Wide Band (UWB) capabilities in Nepal under certain conditions. UWB is permitted in the 6.0 - 8.5 GHz frequency band for SRD applications, with a commitment to avoiding interference with existing telecom services. The maximum allowed transmit power (EIRP) and peak e.i.r.p. for UWB applications are specified as -41.3 dBm/MHz and 0 dBm, respectively.





3. IoT and Smart Metering Allocation:

NTA has allocated the 865MHz to 868 MHz band for IoT, M2M, and smart metering, operating in a non-cellular mode on a shared basis. This allocation aligns with the Radio Frequency Allocation and Pricing Policy 2080.


4. 5G Trials and Expansion:

Nepal Telecom, the leading telecommunications company, is actively conducting trials of 5G services within the 2600MHz frequency band, utilizing a 60MHz bandwidth in the Kathmandu region. Plans are underway to extend these trials to Pokhara and Birgunj.


5. Additional Policy Highlights:

a. An additional 26 GHz band (24.25 to 27.50 GHz) has been allocated for 5G services, with a minimum allocation of a 400MHz band in a block.

b. Unused frequency allocations granted to telecom service providers may face withdrawal if unused for a consecutive period of 6 months.

c. The technology neutrality principle is maintained, allowing existing telcos to offer any technology (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, etc.) to their customers, provided they meet prerequisite conditions.


In conclusion, the NTA's latest frequency policy demonstrates a forward-looking approach to accommodate emerging technologies and pave the way for enhanced telecommunications services in Nepal.


Please feel free to contact us in case of any questions related to any aspect of these updates or related to any of your Type approval/market access requirements across Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Middle East by sending an email to info@nanotechsol.com.

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