Nepal Telecom Partners with US telecom giant AT&T to develop the quality of telecommunication service in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 1, 2016: Nepalese people tired of the poor quality internet will now be able to surf at lightning fast speed with the launching of 5G service in the capital today.
It has come as a surprising news for the people who had been desperately waiting for the launch of 4G, the telecommunication service that has been launched in most of the countries in the world but has not made its way to Nepal because of some licensing issues imposed by Nepal Government.
Mr. Buddhi Prasad Acharya, Managing Director of Nepal Telecom and Mr. Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Inc., the US telecom giant signed the pact and inaugurated the service amidst a special function organized today in Kathmandu.
Stephenson has been in Nepal for a three-day visit to study the development of telecommunication service in underdeveloped nations as part of a research on taking the speedy internet to the places where it has not reached yet, a project funded by AT&T Foundation for global welfare.
As part of the process, Kathmanduites will have the opportunity to enjoy the service first. After thoroughly studying the positive impact in the lives of people brought about by 5G, the service would be taken to the USA. People from the rest of Nepal will have to wait for at least two years to avail the service until which time, the infrastructure of the Telecom would be upgraded for 5G service. Guna Keshari Pradhan, spokesperson of NT opined that upgrading of the infrastructure of places outside Kathmandu needs at least 2 years. As of current, only 10 mast towers in Kathmandu are fitted with 5G cellular devices.
According to Acharya, NT is also working to introduce Internet Traffic Management System (ITMS) for effective distribution and operation of Internet services. He further said that internet speed under NT 5G would be about 100 MB/s and would go up to 1 GB/s and the service would be fairly priced. â€œThis is going to bring a revolution in the internet usage in Nepal and people can surf any website like YouTube from any sort of device and knowledge sharing & communication would now be easier than everâ€, said he.
But, the launch of the service by NT has irked ISP operators in Kathmandu. Internet Service Providers Association Nepal (ISPAN) issued a press release saying that government gave the 5G operating license to the telecom without consulting other players in the market. The release further said that they will be launching a protest program against the same if the government doesnâ€™t review its decision.Â Erim Taylanlar, CEO at Ncell accused the government of favoring the state-backed telecom while ignoring others. â€œGovernment should not have provided operating License to just one particular telecom operator without consulting other players in the field. It just fosters monopoly.â€
Though Nepal was the first country to introduce 3G service in South Asia in the year 2007, people had been tirelessly waiting for the launch of 4G. But now, with the surprise launch of 5G, Nepal has become the first country in the globe to introduce 5G and Nepalese have thus become the first people to reap the benefit of the fastest internet technology ever.