The Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal (ISPAN) has threatened that Nepal may see a nationwide internet shutdown starting next week due to payment issues. Similarly, the association also decided to boycott the National ICT Day organized by the government as its conflicts with the government intensified.
The decision comes after a meeting of the ISPAN Executive Committee, an association of all ISPS licensees in Nepal. It has decided not to take part in any action at the upcoming ICT event.
Earlier, ISPAN drew attention to the possibility of internet outages in India due to the failure of Nepalese companies to pay for bandwidth. Upstream service providers in India have written a letter warning that this could happen stop bandwidth for nepal If they do not receive the dues.
The ISPAN warning comes amid the same issue as Nepalese internet sellers have not paid their Indian partners. The inability to pay comes from the government not recommending foreign exchange for payment.
He will not participate in anything related to ICT Day
ISPAN issued a notice stating, “We have decided not to engage in any program and activities related to the celebration of ICT Day. We are obligated not to be organising, participating, sponsoring, or doing anything related to the occasion.”
ISPAN declared it was “forced” to do so and described it as unfortunate that such a decision was made.
The stinging comes from the association’s dissatisfaction with the government’s lack of “action” in addressing these issues.
“All governments so far have focused only on unrelated programmes. They play no role in creating an ICT-friendly environment in Nepal. The notice stated that the government did not take the ICT Day positively.
Pay bandwidth dues for 6 months
Despite earlier warnings, Nepalese ISPs have not been able to repay their Indian E&P providers. Payment is due for 6 months and internet may stop in the coming days. Nepal buys internet bandwidth for Nepal from Indian companies like Tata and Airtel.
ISPAN alleges that the Department of Trade, Industry and Investment intentionally blocked FX recommendations in order to hack private ISPS and shut down the internet. Referring to the decision of the Public Accounts Committee of the Federal Parliament instructing the Ministry to withdraw annual support and maintenance fees, technical and monitoring fees, RTDF and royalties from Communications Act No. 2054, Subsection 6 of Section 26, the Assembly believes the Ministry’s unfriendly behavior is inconsistent with the new provision.
Furthermore, the notice also states that the Supreme Court has issued an interim ruling directing the NTA not to seek charges from WorldLink under the aforementioned addresses on 03-12-2077.
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Internet and TV service may experience power outages
In addition, ISPAN says the impact has translated into the TV business as well. The association fears that if the government remains firm, even television service may be suspended.
ISPAN also expressed its displeasure that despite a higher committee submitting its report on the payment and use of electricity poles, the government failed to implement any recommendations. It claims that this allowed NEA to cut the fibers and charge fees at will. Recently, the Nuclear Energy Agency also warned that it will do so Cut off the power supply to the violating ISPs.
Later, the association demanded unnecessary tax cuts. Currently, ISPs pay 45 percent of taxes to the government under several addresses. Without easing those heavy taxes, she says realizing the concept of digital Nepal will take a back seat.
ISPAN writes: “In the event that the Internet stops working due to a payment quarrel, the government must bear all the responsibilities.”
If Nepal is facing an internet shutdown due to the failure to pay its primary service providers, how will you cope without connectivity?