freedom1 Forum Chairman, Taranath Dahal, on August 7, 2012, has sought the following information with Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA) for the personal study as per clause 3 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2007:

a) Copies of license, certificates and terms of condition the NTA had with Spice Nepal Pvt Ltd and Nepal Satellite Telecom Pvt Ltd.

b) Detailed information about the shareholders of these companies, number of updated shares, and records of the buying and sales of the companies’ shares in recent two years.

c) There was the news in media that there is cross holding of the only same investor (Telia, Sonera, Sweden) in these two telecommunications providing companies. What’s the reality about this? What’s the policy the regulatory body (NTA) adopted on cross holding? Provide information about this.

d) Copy of a report on merger, acquisition and cross holding while operating telecommunications service in Nepal if submitted by a task force coordinated by former government secretary Madhav Prasad Poudel. And if the report is not submitted, when is the taskforce submitting it? Provide information about this.

Seeking information with the NTA is a part of a campaign the freedom1 Forum launched to make the public agencies transparent and accountable towards people.