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NT brings unlimited data package for Rs 90

May 16, 2016: Nepal Telecom, the government owned telecom operator has brought a new unlimited data package offer at Rs 90. On the occasion of International Telecommunication day, subscribers can get unlimited data for a week in their GSM prepaid and CDMA prepaid / postpaid numbers for night time, i.e from 11 pm to 5 am. The offer is valid for two weeks that is from Jestha 4 to Jestha 18. To subscribe the unlimited data service, customers need to type nightdata and send it to 1415. 
The unlimited data offer is one of the highly demanded offer from the customers since the internet came into our mobile. As known from the officials, the unlimited offer is always conditional. Ncell had also brought unlimited offer in its data service which throttled the data rate after some volume is consumed. This time Nepal telecom has brought the night only unlimited data offer, that is good news specially for the late night workers and students who surf internet at night. As it is a limited time offer, it is known that NT will decide for the continuation of the offer after the feedback from the customers. Please make a comment (in the box below) about the unlimited data offer if you have any.


Smartphones Can Cause Attention Deficiency, Hyperactivity: Study

May 11, 2016: 
Are you getting bored easily when trying to focus, or having difficulty doing quiet tasks and activities? If yes, the pervasive use of a smartphone could be the reason behind these attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, new research suggests.

Recent polls have shown that as many as 95 percent of smartphone users have used their phones during social gatherings; that seven in 10 people used their phones while working; and one in 10 admitted to checking their phones during sex. Smartphone owners spend nearly two hours per day using their phones, said lead researcher Kostadin Kushlev from University of Virginia in the US.

"We found the first experimental evidence that smartphone interruptions can cause greater inattention and hyperactivity - symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - even in people drawn from a nonclinical population," Kushlev said.

During the study, 221 students at University of British Columbia in Canada drawn from the general student population were assigned for one week to maximise phone interruptions by keeping notification alerts on, and their phones within easy reach.

During another week participants were assigned to minimise phone interruptions by keeping alerts off and their phones away.

At the end of each week, participants completed questionnaires assessing inattention and hyperactivity.

The results showed that the participants experienced significantly higher levels of inattention and hyperactivity when alerts were turned on.

The results suggest that even people who have not been diagnosed with ADHD may experience some of the disorder's symptoms, including distraction, difficulty focusing and getting bored easily when trying to focus, fidgeting, having trouble sitting still, difficulty doing quiet tasks and activities, and restlessness.

"Smartphones may contribute to these symptoms by serving as a quick and easy source of distraction," Kushlev said.

The silver lining is that the problem can be turned off.

The findings were presented at the Association for Computing Machinery's the human-computer interaction conference in San Jose, California.
Source: NDTV

No health hazards due to mobile tower radiation

May 10, 2016: The rumors about radiation from mobile tower to cause different diseases including cancer are misleading people in Nepal and throughout the world. Although several studies are carried out, none of them prove to the health hazards from the cell phone towers. There are several cases in Nepal too where people in the neighborhood shut down the nearby Mobile tower or obstruct the erection of tower for their concern of health problem due to the radiation. For such situation, neither the operators can convince them with proper logic nor the regulator is helping to make it easy for both people and the operators.
Indian telecom industry is the second largest telecommunication of the world based on the numbers, which also suffers from public allegations of playing with their health for their business. Following the hindrance of cellular tower erection in different parts of India, their High court ordered several institutions like Department of science and technology to prepare a report on harmful effects from cell towers on the people living on the vicinity. The result came out that there is no any scientific evidence to show the installation of mobile phone towers and the EMF (Electromagnetic fields) from the tower is any way harmful for the health of the citizens. 

Radiations from mobile towers are non ionizing. They don't cause any damage to human DNA and thereby they cannot cause cancer. Scientists across the world have conducted studies to evaluate the ill effect of mobile radiation but nothing has been proved yet. Even World health organization (WHO) after 20 years of long studies has revealed there are no such threats.
It is just a myth being spread to create panic among people and sometimes it is done due to long standing bitter relation between the house/land owner (where the tower is built) and some other people living in the vicinity. 
While the rest of the world is regulating the emission levels to cope with the global standards as suggested by ICNRP (International commission for Non Ionizing radiation protection), recognized by WHO, Nepal should also standardize the emission level to assure people of following the standards.

NTA’s IMEI registration plan set to face delays

May 8, 2016- Nepal Telecommunications Authority’s plan to register International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers of mobile devices is set to face delays as it requires telecom service providers to upgrade their data storage systems.

Moreover, the telecom operators are unclear about NTA’s instruction and the kind of data repository systems it has instructed to create, stakeholders have said.

“NTA has forwarded a consultancy paper, giving us a six-month time to upgrade our systems to facilitate IMEI registration,” said Pratibha Vaidya, spokesperson for Nepal Telecom. 

“But we are still unclear about the necessary measures we need to take to materialise the plan. We are holding discussions with the NTA to ensure easy implementation.”

Vaidya said NTA is yet to take a concrete decision regarding how to incorporate all the unique identification numbers in a central repository system (data system). “Full implementation of the plan might take a year or so because it still lacks clarity,” she said. Three weeks after the implementation of the plan, NTA has successfully registered IMEI numbers of around 200,000 imported handsets. “Till date, only businessmen importing handsets have participated in the registration process satisfactorily,” said NTA Director Purushottam Khanal.

“We have directed all telecom operators to upgrade their systems within six months and to forward notifications calling for registering the unique identifier numbers along with user information of mobile phones in usage.”

The main objective behind the mandatory IMEI registration is to curb grey markets and to ensure customs revenue collection. 

The rule intends to create an information database of all mobile phones in usage throughout the country to enhance security measures and to reduce theft chances.

To ensure registration of every available hand-set in usage, NTA has decided to block unregistered numbers if they do not comply with the rules within the mandated timeframe. “People who bring mobiles from abroad for personal usage will also be required to register their identifiers. The handsets with no identifiers will be provided IMEI numbers through a generation-software,” she said.

As per the registration rule, telecom operators are required to create a data repository providing information on their customers accessible by NTA when required. 

This might raise privacy concerns, but authorities say otherwise. “The system has been introduced to minimise crime and to track criminals. It will be achieved through reliable mechanisms. Misuse of the database is less likely to occur as only the authorities concerned will be granted access,” Khanal said.     

The registration process will conclude in different phases. Currently, in the its first phase, the registration process will end after operators upgrade their systems and notify their customers about mandatory registration, officials said. Mobile phone users can also register the numbers by filling an application form published on the NTA’s website.


Ncell pays Rs 9.9 billion in tax

May 8, 2016- Telecommunication giant Ncell has paid Rs. 9.96 billion as Tax Deduction at Source (TDS).

Large Taxpayer’s Office (LTO), Lalitpur, Chief Shova Kanta Poudel informed Rs. 9,969,571,500 was paid by the company on Sunday. Poudel informed the company claimed the amount to be 15 of the 25 percent of capital gains tax.

Poudel said the remaining 10 percent will be sought from TeliaSonera.

In a record deal, Malaysia’s Axiata in April bought Reynolds Holding, which held a majority stake in Ncell, from Swedish-Finnish company TeliaSonera at an enterprise value of $1.03 billion. Reynolds Holding was TeliaSonera’s wholly-owned subsidiary, registered at Saint Kitts and Nevis, a tax haven. Only after Teliasonera exited Nepal, the tax authority started initiative to tax the transaction.

The Large Taxpayers Office (LTO) has written to TeliaSonera, asking the latter to submit tax details, but the company has been reluctant to pay the tax arguing the deal is not taxable in Nepal.
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