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Well, it has been a long go that Nepal Telecom (NTC) announced availability of ADSL, supposedly a faster and cheaper broadband solution in Nepal. Alas, I’m with a poor heart to write on another Pokhara as a monopolistic city, but this time it’s Internet. Hope so. Read this article, this is rather interesting.
Today, I went to Nepal Telecom Pokhara Branch to finally connect ADSL internet service but NOT to my surprise I was told personal use of ADSL is still not permitted. What does that mean by? So I should be a corporate or entrepreneur or one with SOHO (Small Office Home Office) type customer to use ADSL of the Telecom.
I don’t want to talk more about monopolistic market of Pokhara, this is just another example of how ISPs are flourishing. For a student like me, it’s hard to get comparatively expensive internet (wireless broadband, so called) from companies like WLink, FewaNet, BudhhaNet and Pokhara iNet (just 4 ISPs in Pokhara, huh). Dial up internet is obsolete, isn’t it?
Mobile operators (Nepal Telecom and Spice Nepal) are also giving internet facilities as a part of their never full towered and well connected network as GPRS and EDGE, and using internet in cellular network is surely not cheap. Just okay to Twitter on my Win Mob.
UTL is another namesake internet thingy. Though United Telecom (UTL) is a telecom operator, it is providing unlimited data volume package which runs approximately just on 5Kbps (yes kilo bits per sec)- myself worked on this figure averaging the network connectivity for over a week (another article on this later) – UTL also provides limited data volume. But UTL is just another fraud like thing because the internet connectivity is too much slow (expect proofs later in another post).
Back again to NTC business, home users will be allocated to use ADSL in Pokhara only after verifying and testing the success with corporate houses- this was told to me. I know few of my friends have been using it and I will also be able to use before public reach it- I’m going to do source-force thing (for those of my Westerner friends source-force is the eternal brave power which will make your work DO with/out breaking legalities by your known person on that particular office). This is a compulsion if you want to live in Nepal- want to get things the other way.
Even the engineers of the Telecom said me that they are unsure if the bandwidth will be available on my localities. Just few expensive lines I got to hear in the office today.
“May I get info for ADSL.”
“We have not tested at that place.”
“I’m the head of ADSL service in Pokhara, even if I don’t know how much distance will your ADSL Router work with our service- there is no need to ask other engineers/people in this office, you may go home now.”
Is this called ISP monopoly in Pokhara or what?
Are private ISPs enough to work on NTC officials (I don’t know how to write this thing)- or wahtever?
Back a year before in Kathmandu, I heard that ISPs in the capital are going to sue NTC because NTC is giving cheaper internet broadband to people, and it should not do so. Later, those ISPs changed the propaganda to something on port authenticity and owner or something.
This proved even the same organization NTC has two separate manifesto on two different cities of the country- one place bravo whilst the other drawn to the lake.
When will people of Nepal (and Pokhara) get cheaper (really cheaper) and faster (really faster) broadband internet service?