“We are studying the feasibility of lowering the costs on either mobile data or WiFi. For this, both the government and private telcos/ISPs will work on it together to bring down the internet costs”, he added.
Nepal Telecommunications Authority has already dictated that internet costs shall come down to 2 percent per capita. Meanwhile, the current international broadband policy maintains the broadband costs can remain 5 percent per capita.
Again, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has demanded that broadband costs must come down to 2 percent per capita. Adhering to it, Nepal Government and NTA have both started working on a 2 percent per capita policy.
Cheaper Internet: Better Late Than Never
Lower internet prices have been a rallying cry for years in Nepal. Customers have long complained that they are paying unreasonably high amounts on the internet for what they receive. Unfortunately, these voices have always fallen on deaf ears. But it seems the government may act on it at the federal level to sort out the issue. Let’s not forget what CG Net has done recently.
It is undeniable that CG Net has played a key role in wreaking an internet movement in Nepal. Its mega-popular 120 Mbps package for just Rs.999 has blitzed the entire internet market in Nepal. Now, it is more than necessary for all the ISPs to reform their prices to dodge CG Net’s cruel effect on them.
Although we have long talked about higher broadband internet for lower costs, it never materialized due to conflicts between the ISPs and the government. However, we hope the government and the ISPs come with fair and sustainable pricing that would be convincing to all, most importantly, the internet consumers. As the phrase goes, it’s better late than never.