Tech woes dog NTs 6th anniv

KATHMANDU: To break new gorund in the telecom sector, Nepal Telecom (NT) should introduce quality technology and provide service that is more competitive and economical. Speaking during the sixth anniversary of NT, Minister for Information and Communication Shankar Prasad Pokharel urged for focusing on introduction of new and high quality technology in NT.

Minister Pokharel said, “NT is in great need of technical improvement. The service quality of NT is deteriorating. Therefore, it needs immediate improvement for quality control.” The minister added that network problem in NT service has become a nightmare and there must be some effectiveness and immediate improvement in the technology of the company. Minister Pokharel also talked about the company share value which is not rising although the company is in great profit. He advised NT to make an effective marketing strategy as well. He pointed out that NT needs to do more marketing as it has a number of services and facilities but its marketing is relatively low. Till date, NT has a total of around 50 lakh customers. The total teledensity of Nepal is 26.71 per cent in which NT alone has 17.56 per cent teledensity.

According to NT managing director Amar Nath Singh, the company during the last fiscal year made total profit of Rs 10.17 billion. Singh also informed about preparations being made for the operation of an international telecom service along with VOIP technology. During the anniversary programme, NT also announced the soft launch of the technology as its transmission phase. “In the near

future, we are starting voice, video and data service in PSTN based on Next Generation Network,” said Singh.

Low-key affair

KATHMANDU: Though NT is celebrating its 6th anniversary its consumer here at Babarmahal on Friday, it suffered a failure in its network coverage for about three hours. Surendra Bahadur Thike, spokes person at NT, said, “As NT is moving on with its service expansion work it is facing problem in its network and as a part of it problems are emerging in its network but our technical team are trying to solve the technical problem.” NT network coverage in Babarmahal and Anamnagar was down from around 9:30 am to 11:45 am today, said Thike. In the afternoon, the technical problem was solved.

Discount offers

• Starting February 13-April 13, NT is granting promotional discount offers

in its services

• NT will grant discount Rs 900 in PSTN connection charge.

• Exempt the fine of due payment since mid July 2009 for those making the payment.

• SMS charge from GSM and CDMA within the company network will be Rs 0.50 per SMS that is presently Rs 1.00.

• The charge for GSM 3G Prepaid Video call that is Rs 10 per minute will be Rs 5 per minute while, postpaid charge will be Rs 4 per minute from February 13.

• MMS charge for GSM 3G Postpaid will be Rs 2.50 and for prepaid the charge will be Rs 3 per SMS

• Data Call and Video Streaming Charges of GSM 2G and 3G will be reduced to Rs0.01 per 2kilo byte which is Rs 0.01 per kilo byte starting from February 13.