Nepal’s telecommunication providers in consultation with government agencies related to education rolled out ‘e-education package’. The package unveiling cheaper data plans for students was introduced last week in order to prevent the ongoing lockdown from impeding the path of the institutions providing education. The telecom initiative is believed to provide much needed technology support to the country’s schools and universities, which have been shut for weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Nepal Telecom’s spokesman Rajesh Joshi stated in a press release on Friday that the special ‘e-education package’ was devised after after the telecom industry received numerous requests from various schools and universities
“Six GB data will be made available for Rs 260 and 15 GB data would be provided for Rs 500 which can be used within 28 days. Of the total 6 GB data available for Rs 260, 3GB data can be used for five hours from 5 am to 10 am every day while the remaining 3GB data can be used at any time,” Joshi said.
He added that in case of the 15GB data pack, priced at Rs 500 valid for 28 days, users can avail 6GB data in the morning from 5 am to 10 am whereas they can use the rest 9 GB at any time of the day.
The e-learning data pack was launched to enable teachers and students in conducting and taking online classes. The Ntc mentioned that the subsidised package could be activated only on numbers recommended by schools/ universities. To activate that an SMS would be sent to those numbers, who would be able to subscribe to the package by dialing *1441# and then pick any of the two packages. Besides, the users would be able to check the usage of data balance by dialling *1415*55#.
Both the data packages could be availed only on GSM mobiles which have 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Some suggested the users to opt for 4G and 3G networks, based on the networks’ availability, as the data volume is huge and could hamper the speed.