Nepal Telecom (NTC) has continued transporting telco equipment by helicopters to launch 2G & 4G services in remote areas this FY 078/79. The state-backed telco says it has launched remote telecommunication services in 8 districts and will continue to expand despite little profit potentials. Find more information about the remote mobile tower operation in detail below.
Since Dashain, NTC has explored feasible methods of transporting telecom equipment to remote areas in Nepal to establish communication services. Many regions in Nepal require delivery of basic households items at their doorsteps by airways or ropeways due to difficult terrain. In this, NTC has also been carrying its heavy telco equipment by helicopter to these distant areas for a long.
As usual, NTC has employed freight helicopters to carry telecom equipment to 8 remote districts in the current FY 078/79. This has allowed the state-telco to set up GSM 2G and 4G services.
NTC Remote Telecommunication Services in 8 Remote Areas
NTC has set up remote telecommunication services in 8 remote areas of Nepal using airways to transport the telco gears. The state-telco has set up towers in those areas to deliver the services in remote & mountainous areas. This has made 2G and 4G available to those 8 districts of Nepal thanks to NTC’s outstanding efforts.
The areas include, Lukla, Syanboche (airport), Namchebazaar & Taksindu of Solukhumbu, Chhekampaar, Bihi (Garjyang Danda), and Nyak of Gorkha, and Odar View-point of Manag. We have a comprehensive list of the places where NTC has set up its telecom services in these areas. Find them below:
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu VDC ward no. 2 & 3 of Solu Lukla Site(Solukhumbu) Lukla, Surkey, Muse, Naajipang, Chaurikharka, Syangma and Everest Trail, and etc.
Syangboche Airport site ward no.4(Solukhumbu) Settlements in the area
Namchebazzar site ward no.3 & 5(Solukhumbu) Namche, Kongde, Jorsallo, and etc.
Taksindu Site ward no.1 Nunthala, Kharikhola, Thamdanda, Bupsa, Pangom, and Everest Trail and the surrounding areas
Chhekampar site Chumnibri VDC ward no.4(Gorkha) Chhekampar, Chhokang and some tourist areas connected with China
Nyak site ward no.3(Gorkha) Nyak, Likpa, Deng, Sirdibaas Philim, Bhansing, and Manaslu Trekking Route, and etc.
Odar Viewpoint Nyaso VDC(Manang) Odar, Naache, Thonche, Dharapani, Tilche, etc.
Besides, NTC is preparing for 2G & 4G launch in 3 other areas by transporting telco gears by helicopters soon. These other areas include Phakding and Nachipang of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu VDC of Solukumbu and Chhyangru site of Darchula Vyas VDC.
The launch of 2G & 4G will bring quality voice calls and reliable mobile broadband services to these underprivileged areas. These areas do not reap NTC’s economic benefits for its services however.
Setting up the telecom infrastructures is also costly due to transport liability in these remote areas. Despite these, the state-telco is committed to providing much-needed telecommunication services to the people.