The Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has cancelled its own satellite launch into orbit. The NTA said today that the previous plan had been withdrawn in order to begin a new procedure.
The procedure had been terminated because none of the companies designated to launch the satellite into orbit responded to the request for bids.
As a result, the NTA has decided to cancel all offers and the procurement process in accordance with the Public Procurement Act of 2063.
The Authority had requested a new proposal for developing regulations on regulation and safety, commerce, and satellite installation operating modes, cancelling the previous plan in November.
In December of last year, nine companies from various countries filed Letters of Intent with the NTA in response to the NTA’s request for proposals. Out of the nine companies that submitted letters of intent, the NTA requested financial proposals from five of them in April.
Only four of the five companies had submitted financial proposals to the NTA. The Authority had solicited financial proposals from the four companies, but none had responded by the deadline, requiring the process to be scrapped.
According to NTA joint-spokesperson Achyutananda Mishra, a new process for launching Nepal’s own satellite into orbit will start soon, in line with the government’s goal of putting satellites into orbit by 2022.