List of Telecom Operators in Nepal
Do you live abroad and just visited Nepal or you are here in Nepal for long time and still unaware of the telecom operators operating here. We are here to list all the telecom operators in Nepal who are providing services. These are the list of telecom operators who are currently providing(while some are not) telecommunication services:
Ncell Pvt. Ltd
Smart Cell Telecom(SmartCell)
Nepal Satellite Telecom (Hello Nepal)
United Telecom Limited (UTL)
Chaudhary Group Telecom(CG Telecom)
Among these listed above, the three major telecom operators are Nepal Telecom, Ncell and Smart Cell. There three operators are providing the regular GSM service with latest 4G in major cities of Nepal. On the race of launching the 4G service, Nepal telecom have win it but couldn’t take it longer and resist only in Pokhara and Kathmandu as of June 2019.
However, private company Ncell is forward and have successfully reached in all the 7 provinces with covering 1000 places(locations) by June 2019 and they are expanding their services in other parts of the country.
On the other site, Smart Cell have its 2G and 4G services across 45 districts in Nepal. Expanding 4G network to altogether 19 districts in Nepal, it is now currently available in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Kaski, Nawalparasi, Banke, Dang, Kailali, Bardiya, Kanchanpur, Parsa, Dhanusa, Chitwan, Saptari, Siraha, Morang, Jhapa&Sunsari. Whereas, 2G is available in 26 districts Ramechhap, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Dolkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Syangja, Parbat, Baglung, Palpa, Gulmi, Gorkha, Lamjung, Tanahu, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Achham, Bajura, Doti, Baitadi, Bajhang, Bara, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Mahottari & Makwanpur.
United Telecom Limited is a joint venture company of indian telecommunication giant MTNL,TCIL, TATA Comm. & NV. During the operational phase, they provided the telecommunication services but later they couldn’t sustain themselves on the race and eventually fade off. They also fail to pay the tax to the government of Nepal.
Nepal Satellite telecom formally known as Hello Nepal GSM formally operates in rural part of western, Mid-western and Far-western part of nepal.
CG telecom, one of the most promising telecom company under group of Nepal’s billionaire Binod Chaudhary- Chaudhary Group(CG) have got the license to provide telecom services. But according to NTA- Nepal telecommunication Authority, to operate in major cities, operators should provide services in rural part at first. Along with other reasons, CG telecom have not yet started to provide the telecommunication services which they have planned to provide direct 4G services by 2019.
Summarizing all above, Nepal Telecom being governmental telecom company have been providing services in rural part of country also while the other one Ncell have been primarily focused on major cities. And also Ncell have been dominant in providing quality data services with charging high prices as compare to Nepal telecom.