In this post, we will draw a comparison of the All-Net voice packs by Nepal’s two leading operators, Ntc and Ncell. We will analyze each carrier’s packs on various factors and see if the differences are significant enough to outweigh the others.
First of all, let’s begin with what is an all-net voice pack. Lately, you have heard much about these types of packs. In telecom voice packs, there are two types of calls: all-net and on-net. For clarity, on-net calls are the calls within a network. For instance, if you are on an Ntc (Nepal Telecom) network and call someone on the same network, it is an on-net call. On the contrary, calls established from one network to all networks are all-network.
Comparison of All-Net Voice Packs, the New Trend
So far, when launching voice packs, telecom companies only largely focused on on-net packs. They announced affordable call rates, but they were exclusively within the network. Because off-net calls (calls to other networks) are expensive and not highly profitable for telcos to offer affordable voice packs.
But due to the reduced interconnection charges, competitiveness, and growing demands, the telcos offered all-net voice packs too. It is an interesting offering from telecommunication service providers in Nepal. It allows mobile subscribers to activate an all-net pack and call any network across Nepal for cheap.
So far, Ntc and Ncell have launched All-Net Voice packs. Ncell started it first calling it the All-Nepal Voice pack in March, last year. Then Ntc followed with its own All-Net Voice Pack back in April, last year. Take a look at both the telcos’ respective all-net voice packs below.
|All Net Voice Packs|
|Ntc ( 8 options)||Ncell (5 options)|
|32 minutes at Rs 12 for a daytime, 24 hours||—|
|125 minutes at Rs 14 for a daytime, 24 hours||—|
|20 minutes at Rs 15 for day, all time||15 minutes at Rs 14 for a day|
|100 minutes at Rs 49 for 3 days||150 minutes at Rs 91 for 7 days|
|Unlimited day at Rs 25 for a daytime, 24 hours||Unlimited at Rs 25 for a daytime, 24 hours|
|Unlimited night at Rs 25 for a night time, 24 hours||—-|
|520 minutes at Rs 265 for 28 days||500 minutes at Rs 265 for 28 days|
|1300 minutes at Rs 550 for 35 days||1200 minutes at Rs 1200 for 28 days|
Costs- Comparing the starter, moderate, and premium packs
In total, both Ntc and Ncell offer 13 different all-net voice packs at cost-friendly rates. Needless to say, they are far more important than the exclusive on-net packs. But still, there is a difference between the telcos’ voice packs in the benefits. Let’s start with the cost factor.
Ntc also offers daytime (5 am to 5 pm) all-net voice pack of 32 and 125 minutes at Rs 12 and Rs 14. However, Ncell does not have such kind of packs.
In the 1-day pack, you can compare Ntc’s All-Net Voice Packs of Rs.15 with Ncell’s all net voice pack of Rs 14. Both offers have all time validity for a day. You get 20 minutes talk time with Ntc whereas there is 15 minutes of calling in Ncell. You get 5 more minutes at the base in Ntc, with just Rs 1 more in price than that of Ncell.
The trend continues as we head up to the table with pricier packs. For the moderate packs, Ncell offers 150 minutes of talk time at Rs 91 valid for 7 days. Ntc, on the other hand has a Rs 49 pack which includes 100 minutes of talk time valid for just 3 days. Due to the higher validity and more talk time, Ncell’s package seems more beneficial here.
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All-time voice packs comparison: Ntc gets credit for more validity options
Another important factor to determine the efficacy of these voice packs is validity. At the outset, Ncell does look more flexible with more validity options. It offers plans with various validity periods such as 1-day, unlimited daytime, 7 days, and other 28-day packs.
Meanwhile, it’s a completely different territory with Ntc. The government-backed telco offers a combination of day and night packs for 1 day, 3 days pack, 28 days pack and 35 days one.
In total, there are 8 all-net voice packs from Ntc to 5 from Ncell Axiata. It doesn’t mean that there is not much versatility with the latter. Ncell offers 1-day, unlimited-day, 7-day, and two 28-day options. On paper, in terms of days available, the packs are fairly similar. However, what matters here is the diversity of the options. Ntc offers 5 1-day (24-hour) packs including both day and night unlimited all-net voice packs with the other being a 28-day and a 35-day pack. Ncell, on the other hand, has streamlined its offers with 5 different validity options. You get one 1-day pack, another unlimited-day pack, another 7-day pack, and the other two 28-day packs.
|All net voice pack validity||1 day||3 days||7 days||28 days||35 days|
(including daytime, unlimited day and night packs)
For the winner, we will give it to Ntc. Because with it, you do get more validity and the corresponding talk time options. Ncell, on the other hand, offers more straightforward validity options for its all-net voice packs. In terms of the number of validity options, Ntc is hands down the better of the two here.
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The flexibility of options- Credit to Ncell for more straightforward options!
Under this, we look at different variables that make one telco’s voice pack stand out against the other “if it can”. So, let’s begin with Ntc’s options across its 8 different All-Net Voice Packs, the first five packs (in terms of the costs in ascending order) are set at Rs. 25 and below. There are multiple offers you can buy for Rs.12, Rs.14, Rs. 15, and Rs 25. It includes both day and night and day and night unlimited voice packs. The costlier packs are available at Rs 265 and Rs 550 for heavy-demanding users.
At a similar range, Ncell takes a different approach. There is no time restriction on its packs except for one unlimited pack. You can buy all-net voice packs for Rs 14, Rs 25, Rs. 91, Rs. 265, and Rs 498. With it, you can call anyone on any network without any time restrictions except for the Rs 25 pack. You also get a decent amount of talk time ranging from 15, 150, 500, and 1,200 minutes.
Compared to Nepal Telecom (NTC), the duration you get with Ncell’s voice packs sounds underwhelming, but these are all-time packs, meaning you don’t have to bear with the nitty-gritty of day and night-limited packs. When you buy a pack, it’s a full-on all-night offer. So, it’s a subjective choice and depends on your requirements. But for ease of understanding, Ncell gets the upper hand here.
Comparing the costlier range
Ntc and Ncell both offer all-net voice packs for 28 days while the other comes at Rs 550 and Rs 498 respectively two. Ntc offers 520 and 1,300 minutes of talk time with its premium costs of 500 and 1,200 minutes of Ncell. The government-backed telco does offer 100 minutes of talk time for a slightly higher cost. But if you don’t want to break the Rs 500 mark and still get a huge amount of talk time, Ncell wins it here. But it’s a grey line and we leave it up to you to choose.
|All-net voice packs premium packs price||Cost options||Benefits (talk time)|
|Ntc||Rs 265 and Rs 550||520 minutes/ 1,300 minutes|
|Ncell||Rs 265, and Rs 498||500 minutes / 1,200 minutes|
There is no clear winner when it comes to the options available. It is about the requirement and your convenience.
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Per minute cost, Ntc and Ncell All-Net Voice Pack
In terms of per-minute cost, both Ntc and Ncell sit fair in their own ranges. On the surface, Ntc looks the cheaper of the two as its lowest per-minute cost is 0.11 paisa for the Rs 14 pack which brings 125 minutes of talk time. The Rs 265 and Rs 550 packs cost 0.50 paisa and 0.42 paisa per minute for Ntc.
To compare, Ncell’s starting pack looks costlier with the per minute cost being 0.93 paise for the Rs 12 pack which gives only 32 minutes of talk time. The premium offers of Rs 265 and Rs 498 give you a 0.53 paisa and 0.41 paisa call per minute from the Axiata-owned operator.
Here, Ntc looks good with the cost but the grain of salt is that its night and daytime is a bit straining to subscribers. Ncell, on the other hand, imposes no such restriction on its users. To each his own though, we won’t conclude a winner here either.
|Telcos||Cost||Talk time||Call cost per minute|
|Ntc||Rs 12/Rs 14/ Rs 15/Rs 49/Rs 265/Rs 550||32/ 125/ 20/ 100/ 520/ 1300||0.37 paisa/ 0.11 paisa/ 0.75 paisa/ 0.49 paisa/0.50 paisa/ 0.42 paisa|
|Ncell||Rs 14/ Rs 25/ Rs 91/ Rs 265/ Rs 498||15/150/500/1,200||0.93 paisa/ 0.60 paisa/ 0.53 paisa/ 0.41 paisa|
Conclusion: Comparison of All-Net Voice Packs of Ntc and Ncell
Nepal Telecom and Ncell both offer very affordable all-net voice packs. When you look at the cost, validity, and talk time, you would see a slight difference but they come with their pros and cons. Ntc has more validity options and more talk time but is constricted by day and night limits which could be annoying to some.
Ncell has affordable packs at the higher end of the table while Ntc offers much more talk time at a higher cost. As for validity, both fare close with only the difference in the low-cost packs.
Ntc also offer unlimited all-net packs with its higher priced Sajilo unlimited packs.
So, there is no clear winner between the two. The way to determine is how you tend to make use of voice packs– day, night, short duration, or over a long duration, and how much are you willing to pay. We hope our summary of both the voice packs has been helpful to you.
If you want to add any to the comparison of All-Net Voice packs of Ntc and Ncell, let us know in the comments below.
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