Design of a rural telecoms development fund – Nepal

countries: Nepal
key-subject: rural telecommunications development, rural development fund, licensing, financing
client-type: regulator

Intelecon has recenty evaluated Nepal’s rural telephone development programme and presented a strategy for every village development centre (VDC) to receive telephone service in the near future. Based on an estimate of potential revenues, technical solutions, costs, and required subsidies, we proposed the establishment of a rural development fund and the competitive licensing of several new entrants to compete for basic service licenses to serve the villages currently without service. Intelecon has made recommendations on the design and operation of the rural development fund, exploiting international experience and applying it to the local context.