Nepal Telcom (NT), the government owned telecommunications service provider, Friday launched a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Kathmandu. With FTTH, NT can start offering higher bandwidth connections and a more secure system to consumers who have been complaining of low-quality and perennial slowness of Internet connection services.
Launching the service at ceremony on Friday, Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal said he hoped the new service would finally resolve the issues with speed and quality that subscribers' have voiced. Rijal also said the service would help make NT competitive against other telecommunications service providers.
Newly appointed NT Managing Director Buddhi Acharya said in the first phase, the service will include high-speed data and voice services. NT will slowly start offering multimedia and other services, he said.
NT is initially limiting the availability of the service to Durbar Marg, Kamaladi, Kathmandu Plaza and Jamal in Kathmandu. The service will then slowly be rolled out to other areas in Kathmandu Valley and other cities outside the Valley.
Currently, the service is targeted at corporate houses. Packages are divided into volume-based and unlimited, with speeds ranging from a minimum of 1 Mbps to a maximum of a 100 Mbps.
Tariff for the packages also differ widely, ranging from Rs 1,140 for 20 GB data at a speed of 1 Mbps to 10 Mbps, to Rs 23,040 for 480 GB data at speeds of 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps in volume-based packages.