Nepal Telecom has started the fourth generation (4G) service from today. Thanks to NT, this is the first time 4G service is being introduced in Nepal. The service, however, will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara only. Nepal Telecom will be gradually launching the 4G service in other parts of the country in coming days.
After the official launch, customers will be able to use the service in selected locations of the valley. The locations have not been made public yet. Not all customers will be able use 4G service though because older SIM cards may not be compatible for 4G. However, if you have newer U-SIM card taken within a year or two, you will be able to use 4G service.
4G is the short for fourth generation succeeding 3G network. 4G LTE aims to provide faster mobile broadband internet for connected devices. On a 4G network, there are significant improvements in transferring voice data from network to network. It will thus enable a sharper and clear voice tone of the speaker.
4G network is around 5 times faster than the regular 3G services. It is also more reliable to transfer voice data over the network with more clarity. With a 4G service, users can get a download speed upto 100 Mb per second. However, Previous 3G networks offer only 42Mbps download speed which makes 4G twice as fast as 3G in terms of network speed.
What will be the tariff rate of NT 4G service ?
Talking about the tariff, Nepal Telecom will apply the old tariff rates for certain period of time. 4G subscribers will be able to use the service at the cost of 2G/3G. Internet service will cost Rs 1 per MB. Also Postpaid users will get 4GB data as a promotional offer with validity of 4 days.
How Fast is the NTC 4G service ?
According to NTC, total capacity of 4G service is around 3.5 lakh users. And for now, Only two major cities of Nepal will have 4G service. NTC postpaid and prepaid GSM users can get up to 32.4Mbps Max download speed and 10Mbps max upload speed. Although, some countries operate 4G internet service at around 100Mb per second.
However, a disappointment is that NT 4G won’t have Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) service. VoLTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals. With VoLTE, it allows simultaneous flow of Voice and network data over a network. It means that you will be able to use internet service while on a voice call. But NT won’t be equipping VoLTE service anytime soon so this might let down some users.
How to Activate 4G service in NTC?
There were rumors that to use 4G service, all NTC users have to get a new SIM card but turned out it was false. According to NTC, existing postpaid users can simply activate 4G service by dialing *444# if they have new U-SIM card. But make sure your smartphone supports 4G network. As of now only postpaid users can use 4G service. NTC will start rolling out 4G service for Prepaid users from February 4, 2017 during NT anniversary.
Only those users who are still using very 2-3 years old NTC SIM card might have to exchange their SIM card with new one to use 4G service.
Oops Sorry iOS Users…
Although 4G service is rolling out from today, iPhone users: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus won’t be able to use this service yet. Nepal Telecom has started the procedure with Apple to be able to synchronize its network with Apple devices. According to NT, users of these iPhone models have to wait till March 2017, to use 4G services on their devices.
Meanwhile, only NTC will be providing the 4G services to the customers. Other private service provider have already applied to NTA for approval to operate 4G service but it may be a while. The service will be available for free for 4 days from today to the NT customers. You also get 1GB of free data to use for 4 days. If your SIM is not compatible for 4G then no worries. Because, NT will be soon distributing new 4G SIM cards in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
So guys, that’s it for now. We hope you are happy with NT for rolling out 4G service in the start of 2017. Other private network providers will soon roll out the service. Tell us what you think of 4G launch in Nepal. Also, Keep following Gadgets In Nepal for tech news, gadget reviews and more.