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Nepal Telecom (NTC) has been aggressively expanding its 4G LTE coverage nationwide. The 4G expansion of Ntc which started in October 2019 with the presence of the Prime Minister has now reached all 77 districts with more than 2500 towers. The 77th district with Ntc 4G coverage was Humla. As per Latest Information, Nepal Telecom 4G has reached 596 local bodies of Nepal. Find more information about Ntc 4G coverage, speed, features, and offers.
Out of the 753 local levels, Nepal Telecom 4G signal is now available in 596 body which is 80% of the total Local bodies. Whereas if we calculate the coverage by area or population, it may come down a little.
As they are rolling out 4G to more areas and subscribers are also on the rise, Nepal telecom aims to be the number one 4G service provider in the country by coverage, subscription and quality.
Nepal Telecom started 4G service back in 2017 from Kathmandu and Pokhara only, being the first telecom service provider to launch 4G in Nepal. With a new 4G project deal inked in February 2019, Nepal Telecom imported the telecom equipment, build the required infrastructure, and expanded 4G coverage to more areas. During the soft launch of 4G outside Kathmandu, its coverage was made available to 36 districts.
Within 3 months of the new 4G expansion project, they could on air more than 1000 base stations in 60+ districts. The NTC 4G project has a capacity of 65 lakhs subscribers and it costs Rs 19 billion. So the 4G contract is also one of the largest projects in the company.
There are altogether around 4000 locations where Ntc has planned to operate the 4G network. So the work for now is little more than a half of the total.
Earlier, the expansion was going smoothly despite the difficult terrain, adverse weather, and other circumstances. Gorkhapatra reports quoting Nepal Telecom MD Mr. Dilli Adhikari that more towers will be on-aired with a huge number of teams working on it. But the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown slowed down the 4G roll-out which would have been completed by now.
With the expansion of the 4G network to a huge area, Nepal Telecom increases its 4G customers significantly by more than 30 lakhs in a matter of around 4 months’ time. During the soft launch in October, the 4G customer base was just 8 lakhs. As per Ntc MD, Ntc has a 4G subscription of around 70 lakhs (November, 2020), who can use Nepal Telecom 4G at any time.
Whereas we can only find 16 lakh data in the September NTA MIS. Nepal Telecom 4G is getting popular among people, which is also possible due to the network expansion and their marketing efforts in distributing free SIM cards.
Nepal Telecom has been using two different spectrum bands for the 4G LTE network which are 1800 MHz and 800 MHz. We suggest you check for the support of these bands if you want to use Ntc 4G in all locations. We had already posted an article about it and more for the things to check before buying a 4G phone in Nepal.
The 800 MHz spectrum having a higher coverage is preferred for the remote locations where the number of 4G base stations is limited. So, if your phone supports this band, you will get a better signal even if you go to a remote area. As 1800MHz serves you well in built-up areas, it should not be an issue in the city areas.
As demonstrated during the 4G launch event back in October, Nepal Telecom’s 4G speed went up to 234 Mbps download and 24 Mbps uplink. Nepal Telecom claims it to be 4.5G technology with such gigantic peak speed. We should not be confused here as all the customers served by a tower will share that connection. So, a customer gets around 20 Mbps average speed in both uplink and downlink as shared to us by several users.
The features of the 4G network of Nepal Telecom are:
Nepal Telecom now provides 4G coverage to all 77 districts. After the operation of Simikot tower (the district headquarters of Humla district), the Ntc 4G signal reaches all districts. Earlier the 4G network coverage was focused on major cities and areas in the Hilly and Terai area. But now Ntc has expanded 4G to remote hilly and mountainous areas like the Rara, Mustang, Jumla, Bajhang, and many more.
As per their plan, they are going further into the mountainous region which needs an airlift to deliver the equipment. Further, there are areas where Ntc is working to bring 4G in which new tower installation is going on.
Having said that the coverage is available in all 77 districts, it does not mean Ntc 4G service is available in all parts of the country. For some remote districts, it may be limited to just district headquarter or major administration areas. We can expect every nook and corner of the country will have the praiseworthy 4G service soon.
It is due to this 4G coverage expansion, people are able to attend online meetings, online classes and work from home, even from distant locations. Now Nepal Telecom has also made the Happy learning pack available for all, that you can purchase without any registration.
As Ntc provides 4G in two spectrum bands, namely 1800 MHz and 800 MHz, we suggest you buy a compatible handset that supports both bands. This is a mandatory thing when you require a 4G connection even when you reach remote areas.
1800 MHz band compatible 4G handset is mostly available whereas there are chances your current 4G phone may not support 800 MHz band. So, when you reach to an area with just 800 MHz band tower, then your handset doesnot show any Ntc 4G signal.
If the current 4G area does not have any 2G, 3G tower, you will not be able to make calls. For voice, you will either need a 2G, 3G signal or VoLTE (which is still under testing).
For the best 4G usage and originate/receive voice call, we recommend you to put you phone in 4G preferred or automatic mode.
If you have not activated 4G on your Ntc Sim, you can do it by dialing *444#. The requirement from a SIM side is you need to have a 4G compatible SIM which is called U-SIM. You also need to have a 4G handset with a preferred mode to use the 4G service. Read more on how to activate 4G in Ntc.
Now, you can get the 4G SIM for your number from any Ntc counter for free. Similarly, you can get the 4G data bonus when you activate 4G on your SIM for the first time.
The first 4G activation offer is 1GB (500 MB data for all network + 500 MB for 4G network) to use within 2 days. There are specific 4G offers than you can get 100% additional data volume. Find the Ntc 4G data packs.
Nepal Telecom becomes the first telecom company to provide 4G in all 77 districts be it either in headquarters only for some remote districts. Whereas Ncell, another largest telecom operator has 4G coverage to 549 local levels of 71 districts.
Tell us what do you think of Ntc 4G coverage in your area, or are you waiting for Ntc 4G if you have not got yet, please comment below.