NT rolls out 4G services in Kathmandu, Pokhara

Published On: January 1, 2017 11:37 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Nepal Telecom (NT) has rolled out fourth generation (4G) mobile network services for the first time on Sunday.

Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki inaugurated the service at a special function in Kathmandu.

According to NT, 4G services are available in most parts of Kathmandu and Pokhara, although it will initially be available only for post-paid phone service subscribers.
“Post-paid users can activate the service by dialing *444#,” NT said, adding that pre-paid service subscribers have to wait until February 4. 

To use 4G/LTE services, subscribers need mobile phone sets that support 4G/LTE, and replace older versions of SIM cards with newer 4G-enabled SIM (Universal SIM i.e. U-SIM) cards, the telecom service provider said.

Compared to 3G services currently in use, 4G services will have double the speed for internet services, the service provider added.
“Under a 4GB Promotional Package, Nepal Telecom has offered 1GB data free for four days.”
4G is the fourth generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology, succeeding the 3G currently in use in Nepal.

The first-release of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard -- a 4G candidate system -- is commercially deployed in Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden since 2009. 
3G technology created the first networks fast enough to make smartphones practical.

Before that, they were too slow to allow subscribers to do all the things that make smartphones ‘smart’ -- like streaming videos, quickly surfing the web and downloading music.

But 4G really allows technologies in smartphones to spread their wings. That is because they a lot faster than 3G.
So when a subscriber wants to download an app or stream a TV show in HD, it can be done without buffering and lag.

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