NT jumps into BTS vans to circumvent GSM bottlenecks

6 Dec 2011

Myrepublica reports that state owned incumbent operator Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) plans to bring into service a fleet of vehicle-mounted GSM base transceiver stations (BTS) to improve the quality of its service. ‘We’ve already procured three vehicles. The mobile BTS will start operation once [the] necessary equipment [is purchased],’ said NT managing director Amar Nath Singh, on Monday. The telco is spending NPT350 million (USD4.3 million) on the new vehicles, which are being supplied by ALT Inter Corporation Limited of Thailand. Moreover, the incumbent is also forging ahead with a network optimisation drive to eliminate congestion inside the capital, the official said, adding that the company has already replaced 212 traditional BTS with modern BTS operating on a higher capacity. ‘The radio frequency optimisation process is ongoing … Maintenance of BTS has become more effective after the establishment of a new maintenance control centre,’ he added. It is understood NT is planning to bring ten more BTS vans into service to augment GSM coverage from traditional fixed BTS ‘in times of need’.

Nepal, Nepal Telecom (NT)