3G services arrive in Nepal

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Nepal Telecom (NT), the state-run communication supplier has launched third generation (3G) mobile services on May 17, 2007. The services are being launched on the occasion of the International Telecom Day.

According to NT officials, Nepal is going to become the first country in the South Asia region, where 3G mobile services would be launched. According to Buddhi Acharya, Director of NT, the SIM card for 3G services would cost 64.5 U.S. Dollars (around 4,195 Nepali rupees) and it would be similar to that of prepaid mobiles. Initially, the 3G mobile services would be available to area within the Ring Road in the capital city of Kathmandu. NT has also fixed Rs 10/min for video conferencing facilities. It has fixed 2 paisa per byte as the rate for video streaming, which is roughly equal to Rs 3 per minute. According to the Mobile World data, Nepal Telecom ended up last year with an estimated 690,000 customers. This gives them a 67% market share.

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