The state-owned Nepal Telecom (NT) today extended its 4G internet service across 32 districts incorporating all seven provinces.
Amid a program that took place today, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led out a soft launch of the high-speed internet service of NT over districts ahead Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, and Pokhara by carrying a video conference with the chief ministers of all seven provinces.
Propelling the 4G service, Prime Minister Oli urged governments, public offices and the general public to take benefit from NT’s high-speed internet service. “Internet services and telecom firms like NT have a bigger role in digitalizing the nation. Everyone should look into ways of best-utilizing internet services being offered,” said Oli.
Furthermore, Gokul Prasad Baskota, minister for communications and information technology, told that NT’s 4G extension is one of the government’s most significant achievements and urged it to extend and improve such internet services keeping the general public and their demands at the center.
Dilli Adhikari, managing director of NT, said that though the company was relatively late to extend the service, the 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) will cater to the high-speed internet demand of NT subscribers across 50 major cities.
Adhikari also informed that NT subscribers will have to turn to U-SIM to avail its 4G service and the company has already assured the availability of U-SIM across places where the 4G service has been launched. Subscribers of old SIM cards can exchange the new U-SIM free of cost.
As per NT, over 6.5 million of its subscribers could benefit from the new 4G expansion.
Nepal Telecom was the primary telecom company to begin 4G in Nepal in January 2017.
However, it had been unable to extend the service outside Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, as the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority launched a probe into the 4G equipment procurement process in February last year, suspecting financial irregularities, and other procedural and procurement complications.
NT had inked different pacts with China-based ZTE Corporation and CCSI of Hong Kong to develop core network and radio network required for the 4G expansion in the country.
Presently, NT has almost 800,000 4G subscribers in the Kathmandu valley and Pokhara. However, Ncell has over three million 4G subscribers, though the company launched the service months later.