Himalayan News Service
Kathmandu, March 14:
The Nepal Telecom is to begin re-registration of mobile phones at its 10 different outlets, including the New Services Directorate at Pulchowk, from tomorrow. Though the customers are required to re-register their names by Saturday, it was not known when the service would resume. â€œWe cannot say right away when the mobile service would be resumed; we have begun the process of re-registration,â€ Madan Kaji Shrestha, Director of the New Services Directorate, told this daily.
He further said: â€œWe will hold discussions on security arrangements with the security bodies before restarting the service.â€ According to the Directorate, some 71,997 mobile users starting with numbers 9851020000-9851040000, 9851040001-9851059000, 9851059001-9851078000, 9851078001-9851092000 will re-register their phones from Tuesday through Friday. Users failing to re-register their mobile phones on the specified days could do the same on Saturday. One must be grateful to the telecom authorities for starting the process. Temporary shut-down of mobile services has caused a loss of revenue to the tune of over Rs 60 million a month to the exchequer, whereas the New Services Directorate has been incurring a loss of Rs 190 million every month, sources at the Directorate told The Himalayan Times. Of the total revenue, 59 per cent goes to the government â€” 25 per cent as tax, 6 per cent rural fund, 13 per cent Value Added Tax and 15 per cent as service charge. Meanwhile, the telecom authorities said they are â€œdesperately waiting for the resumption of the mobile service.â€ While no one dared to talk on record, constant refrain was â€œwe pay 25 per cent of the gross profit to the government as tax.â€