Friday, October 18, 2013

Nepal Telecom (NT) WiMax Details

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Nepal Telecom introduced 4G Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) IEEE 802.16e technology for the first time in Nepal with project assistance of Airspan technology. The technology was launched in 9th November 2012 with strong aim to connect all the municipalities, VDC’s and cities and deliver high quality data and internet services within a year. The news created much hype in people who were tired of other internet services provided by private ISP and Nepal Telecom (Mostly ADSL :p) too. Nepal Telecom (NT) has ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscribers line), WCDMA (Wideband CDMA), EVDO (Evolution Data Only)GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), PDSN (Packet Data Serving Node) technologies for providing internet service to subscribers.
The Rs 780-million (after financial assistance from ADB for NT) WiMAX broadband project started after Nepal Telecom(NT) received frequency Spectrum of 2.3 GHz from Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) in March 2010. NT has already paid Rs 12 million at the rate of Rs 0.4 million per MHz of WiMAX. Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has allocated 2.3 GHz and 3.3 GHz band for WiMAX tech-based voice and data services. The annual fee for the WiMAX spectrum will be 0.3 Million per MHz. Also, the telecom operator should pay Rs 7 million per MHz per year.
A total of four companies: Airspan, Chinese companies: ZTE Corporation & Huawei Technologies and Indian PointRed had submitted their proposals for executing this project. Among them, NT selected Airspan Networks Inc., for installing 4G equipments to provide broadband wireless internet service to Nepali.  The American company also announced the agreement, confirming its selection by the government-owned telecom provider in February 22, 2012The project is scheduled to be completed in 360 days after the contract signed by both parties.

After the completion of the project all 3,915 VDCs and 58 municipalities will be connected to 4G coverage and thousands of citizens and businesses will be receive advanced wireless broadband internet access  throughout the nation of Nepal.
Airspan technology is the the leading name in WiMAX. It has the widest range of WiMAX products, frequency bands and most advanced technologies and features. As a founding member of the WiMAX Forum (from where he name "WiMAX" was created), Airspan (OTC Markets: AIRO) is the first wave of companies to achieve certification for its base station and end user premises equipment.

Airspan Networks Inc. has reported that it now has over 500 customers in 100 countries and offers 4G and broadband wireless technologies around the world.   Airspan also displayed its comprehensive product portfolio, including the Air4G, at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, February 27 through March 1, Booth #1C53. Airspan products include Macro, Pico and Micro base stations, a wide variety of user devices, and advanced core network products, providing 4G LTE and WiMAX connectivity solutions operating in the 700 MHz up to 5.9 GHz bands.

WiMAX technology which is more similar to Wi-Fi network is designed to provide 30 to 40 megabit-per-second data rates.
The WiMAX Device type, their price and range of coverage from base station are in below table. Currently, NT WiMAX Devices are from leading companies: Accton Wireless Broadband Corp. (known as AWB-Accton Wireless Broadband Corp.) and Airspan. Wimax technology can also be used for voice service but NT is focusing mainly on the internet service with minimum bandwidth of 256 kbps downlink and uplink.

WIMAX DevicePrice (RS)Range (Km)Company
USB Dongle50002
USB Modem70003
Indoor CPE120005Accton Wireless Broadband 
Outdoor CPE1900015Airspan


Written By Raju Dawadi
Raju is a Computer Engineering student in Nepal, tech and social media enthusiast, web developer, blogger experimenting with SEO and web analytics.


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