Nepal Telecom (NT) has launched WiMAX services in Kathmandu, myRepublica reports. At launch, the new service is limited to corporate clients only, including hospitals, educational institutions, businesses, and government and non-governmental organisations. NT plans to extend WiMAX to residential users within a month – again in and around Kathmandu valley – although it intends to focus too on connecting customers in rural areas. The operator’s second phase rollout will extend coverage to Pokhara, Bhairahawa and surrounding regions, it says, where work on deploying equipment is in the final stages. Upon completion NT will have installed a total of 200,000 new lines capable of delivering minimum WiMAX speeds of 256kbps. In order to take the service users will need to purchase customer premises equipment (CPE), available in three formats: outdoor (NPR16,000 [USD184.50], with a range of 15km), indoor (NPR15,000, with a range of 5km) and USB dongle (no information given).
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