March 2018


Nepal's Supreme Court Clears Immediate Digitisation.


There are approximately 1 million DTH homes in Nepal.

According to the Federation of Nepal Cable Television Association (FNCTA), there are over 3.2 million cable subscribers in Nepal.


Earlier, the government had set a deadline of 15 November 2017.

However, MoIC extended the deadline to 15 December 2017, i.e. before the parliamentary and provincial elections. This was to ensure that there would be no cable TV disruptions as election results were announced


The FNCTA claimed that rather than cable TV networks, it's the subscribers who are reluctant to shift to digital CATV, and therefore more time was required for the transition.

"Cable subscribers have been switching very slowly to the new digital system. Only 30% have shifted so far to digital. Hence, enforcing digital cable TV abruptly will disrupt TV viewing for a large number of cable homes," a FNCTA official explained to the press.


In November 2017, Nepalese cable operators filed a case in Nepal's Supreme Court against the government's order for compulsory digitisation of all CATV networks in Nepal.

The apex court issued an interim stay, against the government's compulsory digitisation order.

Consequently, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) had to stall its order.

"MoIC is ready to implement the digital cable broadcasting system. However, we are obliged to wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court on this issue," said Sangita Ojha, deputy spokesperson for MoIC.

Khatmandu To Shut off Analog By 27 Feb 2018


On 23 February 2018, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Shamshed JB Rana & Prakash Mansingh, vacated the earlier stay on compulsory digitisation and issued its verdict in favour of digitisation.

"The Nepal Supreme Court has issued a verdict that Digitisation of Cable TV networks should be expedited without further delay" Amit Thapa Chhetri - Director, Subisu Cablenet (P.) Ltd. told SCaT. "Kathmandu is required to shut off all analog Cable TV transmissions by 27th February," he added.

Cable TV networks in Nepal have taken up the task of shifting their consumers to digital, in full earnest.

Post digitisation, cable TV revenues are expected to increase since multiple TV sets in each home will have to subscribe to separate STBs. n