The government-backed telecom operator Nepal Telecom (NTC) has started the 3G network in Tangbe, Baragung Muktikshetra Rural Municipality-3, in Mustang district. With the service launch, the people of Tangbe, and Chhaktang in Thasang Rural Municipality will have a connection to the third-generation mobile network.
This is the first time Ntc has established 3G services in the remote region in the Northern District of Gandaki province.
The surrounding areas of Jhong, Kagbeni, Muktinath have already got the high-speed network. But this is the first time Tangbe has received 3G connectivity on GSM service.
Now, the connectivity will benefit 48 households in Tangbe and 25 of them in Chhaktang.
NTC Office incharge of Mustang, Sumanram Shrestha said the company switched on its 3G network on a tower in Tangbe and Chhaktang. Prior to this, the network was available till Chhusang.
Government funds utilized for rural mobile network expansion
Chandra Mohan Gauchan, a Member of the Provincial Assembly shared that the project utilized the budget from the MPs Development Fund to procure batteries and other equipment for the tower to establish the 3G network in the area. This also included laying a 3 km long fiber cable between the two spots.
Three lakh rupees from MP Gauchan’s constituency development program were utilized to set up a 3G tower. This will likely have a great and positive impact on the locals’ life for communications. Now, the people of the area have a next-generation mobile network for their communications. The funds from the policy of FY 2078/79 were spent to buy 3G hardware and establish the network.
Now, the people in the area will have reliable mobile internet and voice services on their phones.
Mustang comprises 96 villages. Gorkhapatra says the mobile network, including 3G, has reached the majority of the areas in the district already.
NTC leading the charge of 3G expansion in Mustang and across Nepal
Ntc has accelerated mobile network expansion in recent years. Particularly, the telco has focused on establishing or upgrading to the 4G network in remote areas. NTA is the leader of 4G communications in Nepal with over 1 crore users on its Carrier Aggregated network. It is able to provide on average 10 Mbps to over 100 Mbps speed to its subscribers.
As Ntc expands mobile networks, the telco can improve the quality of mobile service in those places. Check out this post to find out what NTA’s latest network test drew on Nepali operators’ voice service. In the meantime, you can also visit this post to know how Ntc performed in the mobile data speed from the same drive test.
At the same time, the company is also gearing up for the trial of the fifth-generation mobile network 5G. If everything goes as per plan, it could start the 5G trials this year. For now, the telco is in talks with gear vendors for the procurement of the necessary equipment. 5G can deliver an average of 400 Mbps speed in regular conditions which will elevate our connectivity performance and efficiency.
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