Ntc has begun telecom service in Rawabesi Rural Municipality, Khotang. The company has started the service through two cell towers in ward no. 2 Kharpa, and 5 Dubekol, Rawabesi Rural Municipality. Now, the locals won’t have to cast about for a mobile network in the hills.
“The mobile towers came to the rural municipality after a long wait”, Rawabesi rural municipality Chairman Lilanath Niraula said. The locals living in the lower areas of all the 6 wards would climb up the hills for a mobile network. But the towers have come into operation from Wednesday (March 23rd) ending their suffering for telecom services.
With telecom service beginning, the locals and the ward office employees both have felt a relief. Prior to this, the ward employees took to the hills to make urgent calls. Likewise, online classes also faced obstacles in the absence of mobile service in the area. The rural municipality’s education department’s coordinator Tirtharaj Dahal shared that students could not resume the classes through phones and online during lockdowns.
But these issues will now dissipate at the expense of Ntc. The local body had long called for telecom service in Rawabesi. They had also gathered resources to speed up the launch of mobile service but it still took a delay.
The towers were built on time. But COVID-19 lockdowns made it difficult to transport necessary equipment which stalled the tower from coming into operation, Ntc office Khotang said.
Ntc narrowing the digital divide with rural telecommunications
Ntc recently accelerated rural telecommunications around the country. Earlier this month, the telco began mobile services in Nisikhola, Baglung. A few days ago, the company started 2G, and 4G service at Sisne, East Rukum. Bringing communications in remote areas has transformed people’s lives ending their years of suffering for mobile services. Likewise, the telco has expanded 4G services in nearly all the districts with only a few local units remaining.
With Digital Nepal Framework in full swing, expanding telecommunications across the country is also helping narrow the digital divide. Next, Ntc will be launching 5G likely this year, which should help bring a revolution in Nepal’s mobile broadband parallel to that in the fixed-line broadband in the country.
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