State-owned Nepal Telecom (NT) has launched an aggressive promotion campaign for its new IP-CDMA based 1xEV-DO data service, dubbed Sky Pro, distributing new Removable User Identity Module (R-UIM) cards across the country. The new service allows users to access voice services as well as data access at speeds of up to 3.1Mbps. NT is distributing and selling the R-UIM cards as part of plans to sell up to two million IP-CDMA connections in Nepal. In its current fiscal year the carrier plans to sell around 270,000 Sky Pro lines, which it is claiming is the ‘cheapest’ broadband plan in the country.
NT is also looking to offer the high speed data service to CDMA users on its old network, once it has completed a programme to upgrade the old network. ‘We will come in the market within one month with new promotional schemes for the data service,’ its deputy managing director Anoop Ranjan Bhattarai is quoted as saying. It is understood that NT plans to begin marketing the new data service once it has been given the clearance by the watchdog, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA).