The purpose of this paper is to chart the development of the Nepalese telecommunications industry and assess how they may develop in the future.
A country case study approach is adopted. The Nepalese context is outlined before the telecommunications industry is described and the main drivers of its development identified. The paper draws on interviews as well as secondary sources and models the relationship between the main drivers of the industry in Nepal.
Although the Nepalese telecommunications industry has substantially changed since the modernisation process began in early 1980s, large parts of the country remain without access to telecommunication services.
Some data collection problems were encountered, but these were addressed through the use of multiple sources.
The industry's future development will be shaped by the interplay between geography, resources and the CPN (Maoist) insurgency.
Previous studies have tended to focus on one part of the Nepalese telecommunications industry or one specific issue. This paper provides a broad overview of the industry and draws attention to the inter‐relationships that exist between the key drivers of telecommunications diffusion in Nepal.
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