State-owned Nepal Telecom (NT) has expanded its third-generation mobile footprint to a further 20 districts in the eastern, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal, as part of efforts to deploy ten million new mobile lines countrywide – 45% of which will be 3G. Under the latest expansion, the carrier deployed 33 new 3G base transceiver stations (BTS) in the Morang and Sunsari districts (eastern region), 37 BTS in Banke, Bardiya, Surkhet, Dailekh, Dang, Rolpa, Salyan, Pyuthan and Jumla districts (mid-western region), and a further 37 BTS in Darchula, Bajhang, Bajura, Baitadi, Doti, Achham, Dadeldhura, Kanchanpur and Kailali (far-western region). Going forward, NT spokeswoman Guna Keshari Pradhan confirmed that the carrier intends to roll out 3G coverage to other unserved areas of the eastern, mid-western and far-western regions ‘in the near future’. Work under the ten-million lines project is also ongoing to expand the quality and coverage of the 3G service in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara. Started two years ago, NT is implementing the major upgrade via two strands – dubbed Package A and Package B. The former envisages the build-out of total capacity of 5.2 million mobile lines in the eastern, mid-western, far-western and central regions (excluding Kathmandu), while the latter is targeting the deployment of 4.8 million lines in Kathmandu Valley and Nepal’s western region.
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