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Best ISP in Nepal: Comparing Speed and Offers

There is no doubt that you want the best internet service provider at an affordable price, but with the ever-growing number of ISP in Nepal, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Of course, the quality of your internet reflects your productivity, from browsing the web to streaming videos from YouTube, your internet quality affects how much you get things done. Here you will find the different technology, services for the best Internet service providers (ISP) in Nepal.

We are here to help you in selecting the best ISP Internet Service Provider in Nepal. So, we will be comparing the quality and quantity of various ISP, and you can choose according to your needs.

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First, let’s get the terms right because you may want to know the different types of internet access. The frequently used name is “Broadband”; it merely covers all of the commonly used internet access: DSL, fiber-optic, cable, 4G, and satellite except the dial-up. Since satellite internet access isn’t available in Nepal, we won’t be talking about that.

1.DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

The most Popular DSL service is the one provided by NTC: ADSL. It uses the telephone line to give the internet without disrupting the telephone service. The thing with ADSL is that they are old, and the speed you experience decreases with your distance from the ISP station. Right now, in Nepal, the only ADSL provider in Nepal Telecom (NTC), but we will see how NTC is dealing with this worn-out technology. The A in the ADSL means Asymmetric for the downlink and uplink speed, with the downlink being of higher data rate.

2. Cable 

The local cable TV provider provides this internet connection. The internet connection and TV connection use the same wire for the service. Although it is an excellent alternative to ADSL, it isn’t the best one either. Although most of the cable TV providers in Nepal use this service, fiber internet is going to replace it all.

3. Optical Fiber (FTTH)

Finally, the fastest internet connection so far is with optical fiber. If you are not familiar with fiber-optics technology, it uses optical fiber, which is flexible, transparent with a diameter that is slightly thicker than a human hair. It is superior to ADSL or cable connection in every aspect; they permit transmission over longer distances and at higher data rates. While the initial cost is a bit high, it is a service worth investing in for the long run. Read more posts about fiber internet FTTH.

4. Wireless/Mobile broadband

After the wired connection ones that are mainly available in the city or suburb, there is a small number of Wireless internet service providers that are based on specific areas only. The speed and reliability of such wireless internet depend on the signal received in the customer’s premises. Then there are a couple of internet options from the telecom companies, based on their 4G network. As the 4G network is expanding these days, this mobile broadband service is the future of the internet that will be ubiquitous no matter where you go.

There are tons of ISPs in Nepal right now, but we will be focusing on four major Internet service providers. Now let’s get down to business to help you find the best ISP in Nepal.

1.Vianet

Vianet, being the pioneer for FTTH (Fiber to the Home) internet service in Nepal, provides a wide range of internet package. Vianet provides both individual and business plans for internet access. Vianet has 25 50 Mbps unlimited internet for Rs. 1550 (inclusive of taxes) per month, 40 75 Mbps unlimited for Rs 1850 (inclusive of taxes) per month, and 60 100 Mbps unlimited for Rs 2250 per month.

All the unlimited internet plan now comes with a free ViaTV subscription. But you need to pay Rs 1500 for STB activation and deposit. You get 2 and 3 ViaTV subscriptions for 75 and 100 Mbps internet plans respectively.

For the FTTH cable and installation service, you need to pay Rs 3000 for the installation and Rs 500 for the fiber WiFi device deposit. If you choose to install a 3-months or 12-month service at the time, then Vianet offers a lot of discounts. You get Rs 500 discount for installation for 3 months subscription. And the installation charge is free for 12 months subscription. Vianet is frequently known for its outstanding, reliable service and good enough customer support.

Vianet also increased its FUP limit by up to 80%. There are three threshold levels after crossing which the speed throttles to 60%, 30%, and 10% respectively.

On the second number, we have WorldLink, which claims to be the largest ISP in Nepal. It currently offers FTTH service at a wide range of speeds and data packages. If you are a home user, you may want to stick with the Fiber-Home service. It offers 30 Mbps unlimited access at Rs. 1550 (with taxes). In addition to this, you have to pay for drop wire at Rs.500, Fiber router at Rs 2500 (single band)/Rs 4000 (double band 5G router), and a deposit fee of Rs. 500. Check out the updated Price of Worldlink Internet Packages and Offers.

Besides this, 40 Mbps and 60 Mbps unlimited access and data package options are also available, but to be honest, 60 Mbps is a bit of an overkill for a mild home user. The cost of an unlimited 40 Mbps and 60 Mbps data speed per month are Rs 1850 and Rs 2200, respectively. On the purchase of every pack, you will get some NetTV packages for free. You get 2TV and 3 TV subscriptions for free with 40 and 60 Mbps unlimited internet respectively.

There will be a discount of Rs 500 on router cost if you subscribe for 3 months. Also, the drop wire cost, fiber router cost, will be free if you purchase a 12-month offer. Talking about reliability, WorldLink is in the toe-to-toe with Vianet in the past few years. 

3. Subisu

Another popular ISP, Subisu, currently provides FTTH, Cable, and Wireless internet service. It seems to focus on both cable TV and as well as internet service whereas they are offering fiber cable in place of the coaxial cable. Subisu’s preference may be a good thing for a lot of people who need a Setup box TV subscription.

Since there are tons of mind-boggling services, we won’t be talking about all of them. The suitable internet service would be 20 Mbps unlimited access for one month, including TV. These services also include digital TV along with all the router, installation charges included. The initial costs include the ONU activation charge of Rs 2655, wire charge of Rs 442, which goes down if you subscribe for three months or 12 months.

The monthly price of this 20 Mbps package is Rs. 1400 (it’s exclusive of VAT). For 35 Mbps and 45 Mbps, the monthly cost comes at Rs 1450 and Rs 1550 respectively. Subscription of 3 months and 12 months will cost you less for a monthly cost and also the initial ONU activation charge. The ONU charges will be higher if you opt for a dual-band 5GHz router. Of which, Rs 500 will be refundable when you bring the device in good condition. Here is the detailed information of all the services and prices of Subisu Internet and TV subscription.

When it comes to reliability, the speed seems to be reasonably good. We can discard those outages which can happen with any internet service provider.

4. Nepal Telecom

Finally, we have Nepal Telecom which has multiple internet services including good old ADSL. I am a lifelong ADSL user, and when I was about to quit ADSL for another ISP, ADSL upgraded its quality. It used to the most used internet service but these days people have switched their ADSL to FTTH line. ADSL had become a synonym for slow internet connection whereas they had also upgraded their internet speed at times. Find detailed information on the NTC ADSL internet service.

For about 5 Mbps speed, you got to pay Rs—800 (with taxes) per month. But there are downsides like you need to have an NTC landline telephone service for ADSL. ADSL still is far from being a perfect ISP. With competitive ISP’s on the market with better service at a lower price, ADSL is struggling for its existence. But you are low on budget and do not have any option to switch to another ISP from ADSL; it’s better to stay with ADSL or get a new connection.

Coming to the fiber, Ntc has been expanding the FTTH service to more parts of the country which is now available in 71 districts now. With this, Nepal telecom is also migrating its ADSL to FTTH service where available. The unlimited high-speed internet service ranges from 10 Mbps to 50 Mbps. The cost of 10 Mbps internet per month is Rs 900 and the 20 Mbps, 50 Mbps costs Rs 1200 and 1800 per month respectively.

Then there is a combo package of Internet plus phone line with 15 Mbps, 25 Mbps and 35 Mbps which costs Rs 1000, Rs 1500 and Rs 2000 respectively. You get Rs 100 initial balance and Rs 250 rental calls free with the combo pack. Find the details and price of Television service combo packages with NTTV service.

The initial installation cost for FTTH is Rs 500 for internet-only whereas the cost becomes Rs 1165 for the internet plus phone line subscription. FTTH router charge is Rs 2825 for the subscription of 1 month or 3 months, which becomes free if you subscribe for a year.

You can get a triple-play service (high-speed internet, telephone, and TV service) through a single fiber line. Of which, the TV service is yet to launch in areas outside Kathmandu.

The reliability of the Ntc FTTH is quite good with not much fluctuation in speed that was not much affected even during the lockdown period. As a result, Nepal Telecom has added the highest number of FTTH internet subscribers during the pandemic period.

So, I would also like to recommend using Ntc’s FTTH (fiber internet service) if it is available at your place. You can also migrate your existing ADSL service to FTTH if available. Find the offers and availability of Ntc FTTH fiber internet service.

5. 4G broadband by Telcos

Internet services have been expanding to more places in the country but the private ISPs are yet to reach the remote parts where the fiber and other infrastructures are difficult to install due to the difficult terrain and weather. In such areas, Wireless/Mobile broadband is the only viable option.

Considering this, Nepal Telecom and Ncell have also been working on providing internet service in those areas with a 4G CPE-based broadband option. Ncell calls it a home net Wirefree+ internet service which costs Rs 500 to Rs 900 for 25 GB data to 60GB data, idle for single connection at such places. You can get free CPE and more offers in the home internet service from Ncell.

Nepal Telecom has a similar service called 4G Wireless Home broadband service which has two packages of 60GB and 120GB that costs Rs 900, and Rs 1200 respectively. In this service, you need to buy the CPE from the market and the special sim is available at the NTC office. As Ntc additionally provides a 4G network in a lower band (800 MHz), its 4G coverage and speed are quite good in the remote areas, but you need to make sure your device works with band 20 4G.

Having written all of those, we believe you have found the best ISP, Internet Service provider for your requirement in Nepal.

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