With recent expansion of 3G service to 20 districts in the Eastern region, the total number of districts enjoying state owned telecom’s HSPA/HSDPA (High Speed Packed Access data service) has reached 33. Nepal Telecom (NT) is undergoing 10 million project started two years ago to spruce up its 3G network all over the country under which ZTE’s old BTSs are being replaced by new Huawei BTSs.
Till now, NT has upgraded 3G service all over Kathmandu Valley and in 30+ districts among which Banke, Bardiya, Surkhet, Dailekh, Dang, Rolpa, Salyan, Pyuthan and Jumla in Mid Western Region (MWDR), Morang and Sunsari of Eastern Region (EDR), Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura, Baitadi, Doti, Achham, Dadeldhura, Kanchanpur and Kailali of Far Western Region are enjoying better network. After the upgradation, subscribers can enjoy better voice quality and faster internet of more than 3 Mbps.
Though NT is the first telecom operator to bring 3G in South Asia, the coverage was limited only on some part of Kathmandu with limited subscribers for long time. But with the updated network, the number of NT subscribers are increasing rapidly numbered 3.9 million users till mid-March beating Ncell. NT is planning to expand 3G service to all the 75 districts of Nepal by the end of the next fiscal year 2014-15. 3G service can be activated by sending sms to 1400 with text “3G” for free.
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