Nepal’s Smart Telecom launches 4G service

30 Oct 2017

Smart Telecom, Nepal’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has finally launched its long-awaited 4G LTE service, with the company stating that it is now live in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Pokhara. Local news source MyRepublica has cited Smart Telecom officials as saying that the new 4G service will offer customers connection speeds of up to 70Mbps. Smart Telecom has been granted 10MHz of frequencies in the 1800MHz band, while its two competitors Nepal Telecom (NT) and Ncell have only been allocated 5MHz each in this spectrum band.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Smart Telecom only held a 4.4% share of the Nepalese mobile market at 30 June 2017, compared to the two dominant players NT (49.8%) and Ncell (45.8%).

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