3 Jan 2017
Nepal’s state-backed fixed and mobile operator Nepal Telecom (NT) has launched the country’s first commercial 4G LTE network. According to a report from the Himalayan Times, 4G coverage is so far limited to 308 base transceiver stations (BTS) in the Kathmandu Valley and 25 BTS in Pokhara. While services are currently only available to NT’s post-paid customers, a pre-paid offering is due to be added on 4 February. The telco says its new 4G users can expect download rates of up to 32.4Mbps. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that NT had 14.73 million GSM and CDMA mobile subscribers at the end of September 2016. It is using 1800MHz spectrum for its new LTE network; rival operator Ncell is expected to launch its own 4G service in the coming weeks.