Nepal Telecom testing Wi-Fi service in public areas
With plans to provide Wi-Fi services in public areas, Nepal Telecom is testing its Wi-Max technology in several spots around Kathmandu. During the three month testing period, the company is providing free Wi-Fi in the selected areas.
At present, Nepal Telecom is testing the technology at areas within the International Airport, Teaching Hospital, Sahid Gangalal Heart Centre, Bir Hospital and Basantapur Durbar Square. Several of the company’s offices are also trying out. The Wi-Fi has a bandwidth of 4MBps, on shared basis.
“We began testing it over six weeks ago,” says Subash Chandra Shah, the Project Manager of WiMax Division at NT. “So far, the technology has worked smoothly and we haven’t received any complaints.”
Once the project is fully tested, NT subscribers will be able to use Wi-Fi in their phone in several public areas. The subscribers will have to send a SMS request for permission to use the service, and will be charged accordingly.
“We plan to expand the service quickly,” says Shah. “Our next target is to launch the service in domestic airports across the nation.”
WiMax stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access , and enables highspeed wireless access. nepalnews.com/Paavan Mathema