NT to add 2.25m new telephone lines this FY

Nepal Telecom (NT) plans to distribute 2.25 million new telephone lines, including 2 million GSM mobile lines, within this fiscal year.

Unveiling its plans for the fiscal year 2014-15, the state-owned telecom service provider said it would also improve the quality of its voice and 3G services across the country.

As of fiscal year 2013-14, NT has 10.9 million subscribers. NT had added 1.72 million new telephone lines in 2012-13.

To make sure it’s plans are implemented, the company aims to mobilise a capital investment of Rs 18 billion. “The competition in the voice and data sectors has been increasing. We will expand the 3G network across the country to strengthen our presence,” said Buddhi Prasad Acharya, officiating managing director of NT. “The 3G service will not only be expanded to district headquarters, but across the nation.”

To enhance the quality of the 3G service, the company said it will install new BTS towers wherever required. It also plans to replace existing set of technical equipment with the new ones in Narayani and Janakpur zones.

Under the CDMA segment, NT plans to distribute 200,000 new lines this fiscal

and expand the service to even remote places of all 75 districts.

Realising the growing need and popularity of the data service, the company will coordinate with IP CDMA mobile set and data card manufacturers for service bundling.

Under the PSTN landline sector, 25,956 new lines would be distributed. Using the NGN (Next Generation Network) technology, voice and data services would be taken to remote areas and those witnessing rapid urbanisation, according to NT. The company would prioritise expansion of both wired and wireless broadband internet services.

It also plans to create WiFi hotspots in areas where a large number people gather. According to NT, the service will be offered in all 75 districts headquarters and major business hubs.

In a bid to provide high-speed data service, NT is introducing the FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) service soon from Durbar Marg and Kathmandu Plaza.

The ADSL service on PSTN landlines too would be expanded and 32,227 new lines would be added. “The trend of using ADSL internet is increasing. We have planned to address the demand comfortably this fiscal,” Acharya said.

According to NT, it has 4.7 million internet service users as of fiscal year 2013-14. In 2012-13, the company added 1.42 million new users to its internet user base.

NT would also establish Customer Experience Centre (CEC). “The CEC design has been already passed. Due to long bureaucratic process, it has not been set up yet. Things will move fast now,” said Acharya, adding a maiden centre will be opened in Kathmandu and the same will be replicated gradually in several places across the nation.

Besides, the NT chief said the company as also working to strengthen its internal capability. “We have been working on issues like restructuring of the company and building capacity of staff, among others,” he said.

Source: eKantipur