NTA plans to charge fee for imported mobile phones from Shrawan 1

We reported last week that NTA is unprepared for the full-fledged deployment of MDMS in Nepal. However, in any case, the system will go live in the first month of the new fiscal year. Now, the NTA intends to charge a modest fee for imported mobile phones received as a gift from family.

NTA to charge a fee for imported mobile phones:

As NTA begins to provide information in bits and pieces, it finally confirmed that it would collect a modest fee for smartphones brought from a foreign market.

NTA’s saying

According to Purushottam Khanal, Chairman of Telecom Regulator, travelers will be allowed to bring one handset along with the purchase bill once the system goes live. However, if a person imports more than one set, he or she must pay customs duty on it. Similarly, the phone must also be entered into NTA’s database. Up until now, people were allowed to bring more than one mobile set with them.

From Bylaw 2075

According to MDMS Bylaw 2075, individuals will need to register the IMEI/ESN/MEID of the handset in MDMS, if someone imports it for personal use. However, if users use an unregistered SIM or RUIM in the device, a denial of service notification will be sent to the handset after 15 days from its first detection on a Nepali network. However, it will not be applicable for phones subscribed to non-Nepali networks. Such phones will be allowed to roaming service in Nepal.

The guideline also includes a one-time registration cost (as per Authority) for each mobile device imported into Nepal. The device could either be from an authorized importer or by individuals bringing it for personal use.

Final Words

As the NTA prepares for the soft launch of MDMS, we expect it to control the country’s grey market. On contrary, NTA should also focus on developing a consumer electronics industry that delivers genuine as well as affordable products.

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Rabins Sharma Lamichhane

Rabins Sharma Lamichhane is the owner of RabinsXP who is constantly working for increasing the Internet of Things (IoT) in Nepal. He also builds android apps and crafts beautiful websites. He is also working with various social services. The main aim of Lamichhane is to digitally empower the citizens of Nepal and make the world spiritually sound better both in terms of technology and personal development. Rabins is also the first initiator of Digital Nepal.

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