Nepal replacing 500 cellular towers in Valley ‘in a month’

25 Jul 2013

Nepal Telecom (NT) yesterday began a project to replace more than 500 outdated mobile towers in the Kathmandu Valley with the aim of increasing its GSM capacity by 4.8 million new lines – ‘Package B’ of a ten million-line capacity contract awarded to Huawei Technologies – while enhancing the voice and data service quality of the network, according to a company announcement reported by eKantipur. The 500 new base transceiver stations (BTS) – replacing legacy equipment supplied by another Chinese firm, ZTE – will be installed in around a month, the operator said, adding that the existing 500 towers earmarked for replacement had a capacity of 3.5 million lines. ‘Package A’ of Huawei’s current mobile expansion contract with NT involves adding capacity of 5.2 million lines for the Eastern, Mid-western, Far- western and Central regions.