August 29, 2013: Nepal Telecom- the Government owned telco which had started a month long network upgrade in Kathmandu, has now finished the upgrade work for the first phase. After the swap, it is known that customers have experienced much improvement in voice quality and internet speed (with 3G). Though there were some problems in the voice call quality with the swap, they now tell that the issue is already solved and fine tuning with RF optimization work is going on. This is the first phase of the network upgrade from their biggest project (10 Million GSM project), replacing old ZTE BTS with Huawei one, covering the areas inside Ringroad and vicinity, after which such upgrade work will be carried all over the country in some months.
With the upgrade, customers say that the 3G network coverage has improved a lot and they are able to use internet in Mbps with the usage based internet tariff of Rs 1 per Mb. As known from the GSM counter, customers need to pay Rs 100 to activate 3G in their GSM prepaid SIM whereas Post paid subscribers can easily activate 3G by sending a text: 3G to 1400. If you have felt the internet speeds and voice quality in the New GSM network of Kathmandu (Dial *9# to check: If you are in new network, you will get your number back, otherwise no result), please share your experience below in the comments.