Nepal Telecom published a press release on Thursday regarding the provision of free SIM cards and free WiFi to Nepali citizens returning home.
Nepal Telecom will be providing free SIM cards to the Nepalese migrants/returnees who will be returning to Nepal from India during the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, they will also install Free Wifi at several locations.
NTC has been contributing towards reducing the spread of coronavirus and providing various facilities to their customers for a long time by coming up with different endeavors. Their next effort adds up to the list today. Nepal Telecom informs that they will set up a station at the country’s various arrival points to provide service to the homecoming Nepali citizens.
The government is constructing several quarantine spaces and holding centers at 20 sites near the border and air route for the Nepalese entering Nepal from India. NTC will be setting up a booth at these places so that Nepali citizens on arrival can obtain a free SIM card on the spot. Also, Nepali citizens arriving Kathmandu from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), NTC will be providing free wifi service at those 8 holding centers in Kathmandu.
The free SIM distribution will take place in 20 bordering areas and also Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
Boost contact tracing
This initiative of NTC will help the concerned bodies to keep track of their health issues and for contact tracing purposes. Contact tracing allows us to track the people who have come in contact with the COVID-19 infected person but hasn’t been known about.
To obtain the free SIM card, the person has to provide either their citizenship, passport, license, travel document, or some other documents that supply evidence of their identity. We believe this step of Nepal Telecom will contribute to controlling the spread of coronavirus in Nepal.
It will enable them to connect to their families as soon as they arrive in their homeland. For the time being, NTC has arranged around 1 lakh free SIM cards to distribute.
This is a major step of NTC towards contact tracing and providing quality service. People can communicate with their families, which will provide them emotional support in this difficult situation. Nepal Telecom is certainly devoted to providing services to the Nepali citizens as much as possible, which we should admire and appreciate.