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IMEI: Unregistered mobile phones to stop working from today

23rd September 2021
"NTA has said mobile phones which have been in use till date will not face any problems."

Mobile phones whose International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers have not been registered at Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) will stop working from today. While announcing the budget for the fiscal year 2021/22, former finance minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel had stated that mobile phones which are illegally brought into the country will stop functioning from today.

As per the announcement made during the budget presentation, NTA has deployed the Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) from today to control the illegal import of mobile devices into the country. The MDMS which is being implemented from today was being prepared by the telecommunication regulatory body for a long.

NTA has said the Mobile Device Management System is being implemented to make sure that the quality of the mobile phones and their IMEI numbers are registered with the telecom regulator.

Meanwhile, Nepal Telecommunications Authority has issued a notice mentioning that mobile phones which have been in use to date will not face any problems. The notice mentions that in the initial stage authorised distributors will have to register the IMEI numbers of the mobile phones that have been imported at the MDMS. It has added the system will be gradually enhanced and made fully operational so as to provide even more secure and reliable services.

The Mobile Device Management System makes sure that mobile phones which are imported illegally or are counterfeits will not be functional. Similarly, phones that have been stolen will also not function.

NTA has constructed a building in Chabahil to house the hardware and software that are necessary for the implementation of the Mobile Device Management System.

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Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) frames Byelaw for Cyber Security

23rd September 2021
"NTA has framed and implemented a Byelaw for the implementation of internationally prevailing cyber security standards."

Nepal has always been an easy target for hackers around the world. Previously, the servers of mercantile and banks have been hacked by international hackers. The government servers and Data Centers are also at high risk. Thus, it has become essential to protect the information systems and communication technology infrastructure from various types of cyber attacks and risks by adopting various internationally prevailing standards of cyber security. The Government of Nepal is also conscious of the need for cyber security standards.

So, exercising the authority given by Section 62 of the Telecommunications Act, 2053 (1997), the Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has framed a Byelaw- “Cyber ​​Security Byelaw, 2077 (2020)” and has implemented it right away. The Byelaw is implemented to ensure the cyber security standards in order to protect ICT Infrastructure and Information Systems of Telecommunication Service Providers of Nepal from various malicious attacks and threats, and build trust and confidence of users towards using ICT technology and services.

Thereupon, all the telecommunication service providers including basic telecommunication (telephone), mobile operators, networks and internet service providers that are licensed by Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) are informed to operate their services conforming with the Byelaw.

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CUG services provided to the students, their parents, and teachers by Nepal Telecom

23rd September 2021
"Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the state-owned telecommunications company had distributed CUG service at a very reasonable price."

NTC offers CUG service for a throwaway price for teachers, students, and their parents. The teaching-learning activities through telephone services have become cheaper as Nepal Telecommunications (NTC) has offered Corporate User Group (CUG) service for the students, their parents, and teachers of the community schools.   

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From now onwards, the School Management Committee can avail of the service which aims to establish a learning link between the government and community schools teachers, students, and their parents.

As per the Contingency Action Plan on School Education 2077 BS put in place to make sure the teaching-learning activities continue despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the state-owned telecommunications company had distributed CUG service at a very reasonable price.

Under the service, the service-seekers could avail of the service for a total of Rs 99 per month (excluding the government tax and ownership tax). The users could also hold unlimited conservations in a closed group, according to NTC's spokesperson Rajesh Joshi. 
Besides, Joshi informed that the users could get 8GB of data for them to avail of teaching materials available on the website of the Education and Human Resources Development Centre. And the users could send bulk SMSs to each other without any additional charges while as many as 100 SMSs could be sent and 1GB of data could be used for free of cost at any given time for educational purposes.

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