Nepal Telecom is preparing for the 5G test in Nepal
Nepal Telecom, a state-owned telecom company, is making necessary preparations for the 5G service test. The Managing Director of Telecom informed this at an interaction program on ‘5G and Nepal’s Preparation’ organized by Tekpana Media on Saturday.
According to the official, the company has formed a separate committee for the 5G test and started the study. “The government has already decided to move to 5G. Accordingly, it has been decided to provide free frequency to Nepal Telecom for the 5G test.
The Managing Director of Telecom said that he was ready to submit a proposal to the regulator on the company’s opinion, test modality, etc., in this regard. Stating that the government’s regulatory body is limited to the regulation of service providers, the official stressed the need to work in research and development.
The company has already started work on the necessary infrastructure for 5G. The official said that work is being done at the required backbone level.
The officials assume about connecting a lot of fiber to the access network. With a fiber plan of nine lakh lines being completed, the network has been set up to provide fiber service to 4.5 lakh households.
Within the 5G system, officials are talking about enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communication (mMTC), and ultra-reliable latency (uRLLC) applications. We’ve talked about going into everything from agriculture to medical education and science. Still, service providers don’t seem to be making a profit at the initial stage.
However, it can contribute significantly to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) as a whole. A study has shown that 5G connectivity could contribute 2.5 percent to GDP by 2025.
In this sense, it will make a significant contribution to the overall economy. But in the early days, at the investor level.
The Managing Director of Telecom suggested that the regulator and the government reduce the spectrum’s cost and facilitate investment and facilities. “The kind of initiative we have now to move to 5G, the experience of different countries, the need to adopt a policy that suits the market and the device ecosystem,” said The Managing Director of Telecom.
The official further said, “Our regulator has proposed 2600 and 3500 MHz as high band and 700 MHz as low band.” The most supported right now is 3,500 MHz, followed by 2,600 MHz when it comes to the device ecosystem.’
He also expressed concern that if the device ecosystem is not taken care of in such a situation, an uncomfortable situation may arise.
According to the managing director, the company will test the 5G service based on which city it will be tested for, its purpose, and how it can be commercialized in rural and hilly areas.