Axiata’s Ncell launches 4G service in Nepal

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on June 5, 2017.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Group Bhd’s 80%-owned Ncell has launched its 4G/LTE service in Nepal, with the service now available in the Kathmandu Valley, including Nagarkot, Banepa and Dhulikhel.

In a statement, Ncell said the service was launched on June 1, and that all Ncell customers possessing Usim with 4G-compatible handsets will be able to experience the 4G from that same day onwards.

“The service is being launched in line with the technology neutrality permission, which paved the way for the company to deliver customers what they long deserve,” said Ncell.

“We are excited about all the great impact that 4G/LTE is set to bring to the people and the country. Technology neutrality has ushered us in a journey towards development of Digital Nepal. We are thankful to all for the trust they have shown in us. We remain committed to making the best of this award to contribute to achieve the national goal of Digital Nepal,” said Ncell managing director Simon Perkins.

As part of this commitment, the company said it is also planning and testing 4G service in 40 other cities nationwide, embracing a target that 15% of the population has access to 4G coverage within 2017.