Nepal Telecom and Cybernetics have launched a new NT Bus Internet service. It is brand-new technology for tour and travel business. Bus, micro, and travel services can use Nepal Telecom NT Bus Internet to provide internet to passengers. This is based on CDMA technology which has broader coverage. It works on major highways and rural places in Nepal with NTC CDMA coverage. In the past, buses used to have WiMax for internet which is based on Microwave. But NTC is widening the coverage using CDMA.
Currently, many public vehicles have Nepal Telecom WiMax service. Public buses on long routes and cities provide free WiFi to passengers using WiMax technology. However, the WiMax coverage is weaker compared to GSM and CDMA. In reality, CDMA has wider coverage in rural areas in Nepal. Therefore Nepal Telecom has a new NT Bus Internet service using CDMA spectrum. It uses the CDMA or Code-division multiple access spectrum to have connectivity. Thus, the internet can be used in all places with CDMA coverage.
In Nepal, all 77 districts have NTC CDMA coverage. So it is more sensible to use the CDMA technology. Bus, and micro service providers can give WiFi or internet to their passengers using this service easily. Users will be able to browse the internet, and online apps like Facebook, and Viber easily. They can also enjoy offline movie streaming with the help of local storage on the device on board. Cybernetics local storage is available up to 8GB. So it is a value add for passengers and vehicle operators can use WiFi as an attraction.
All small and long-route public vehicles in Nepal can use this new service. They have to install the receiver and start the service. The CPE or receiver has a RUIM card built for accessing the CDMA network. Passengers can connect to the WiFi network inside the vehicle and enjoy. The device also has GPS, multimedia, and tracking feature as well.
NT Bus Internet Service Price and Subscription Process
The process of getting NT Bus Internet service is very easy for vehicles and service providers. The device is available at the sales counter of Nepal Telecom at Chabahil, Sundhara, Gongabu, Jawlakhel, Babarmahal, and Chhauni. The basic receiver plus router only for internet costs Rs 19,000. So it is a reasonable investment.
Each purchaser of NT Bus Internet WiFi service gets a free RUIM card plus 10 GB of data. Other features like GPS and multimedia are also available in higher models. But they do cost more. There is also a 1-year warranty for manufacturing faults. There are a total of 3 data packs available with NT Bus Internet service. The packs are 10 GB, 20 GB, and 30 GB. By the way, the data cap is quite small and it may not be enough for vehicles that get many passengers. So we hope NTC expands the package offering.
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Regarding internal storage for offline streams, it has 8 GB of inbuilt storage. The company will update, songs, apps, and music in the device during the Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC). This service would really benefit customers and add value to public travel services. So if you have a tour and travel business and you want to give more attractive service to your customers then this WiFi or Internet service can be a great Value Added Service.
Summary of Features
- Wider CDMA Internet connection across Nepal
- WiFi on vehicles
- Offline movies, music, and video streaming to passengers
- GPS Locator
- 8 GB storage
- Remote monitoring and maintenance services
- Various data packs are available
Growth of Demand for Wi-Fi on Bus in Nepal
These days smartphone users in Nepal have increased by a huge amount. Both younger and older generations now use smartphones and the internet. Mobile data and WiFi are now a necessity. People want to get updated with their social media and messages all the time. People want entertainment on the go. So Nepalese wasn’t WiFi in homes, offices, restaurants, public places, and all the places. Many people even use mobile data like NTC mobile data packs to use the internet on vehicles. In such cases, NT Bus Internet WiFi service becomes useful to people who want the internet all the time.