If TeliaSonera is indulged in so blatantly unscrupulous act in Uzbekistan, why would it abstain from the same in Nepal? My personal trepidation is that the situation could be even worse in Nepal given the corruptibility of the officials and the plethora of loopholes in the system meant to check the practice.
Apparently, the controversy of TeliaSonera opting for personal kickbacks rather than abiding by the law of the land is not a new phenomenon.
Significantly, TeliaSonera happens to have a presence in Nepali market in the name of Ncell and the company has recently gone on a hysteric advertising spree claiming to have reached a 10 million subscriber goal.
Is there any possibility of Ncell gratifying the officials in Nepal with similar kickbacks? Well, there are no credible reports in Nepali media so far.
But the coziness between the corporations in general and Ncell in particular, and the mainstream media houses in Nepal is no new phenomenon. After all, Ncell is one of the most liberal advertisers in Nepal and it is natural if the dog does not bite the hand which feeds it.