Competitors may outshine NT soon, says Minister Kathmandu.

Minister for Information and Communications, Shankar Pokharel, called attention to Nepal Telecom (NT)’s technological backwardness, in a programme organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Telecom Employee Association of Nepal (TEAN).
He stressed that NT has a great scope for the incorporation of value added services. “However, NTC does not explore the possibilities but waits for some outside sources to come up with the proposal, as a result, it lags behind the competitors,” he complained, adding that the NT is slow in terms of upgrading technology, which he said is rapidly changing. “Due to different contractual difficulties as well as other similar hitches, NT is using old technology in spite of being capable.”
He also urged NT to address the gap between demand and supply of its services. “Consumers will not wait for too long and they will switch on to available alternatives,” he cautioned.
He said that he had noticed a tendency in NT that even after providing the training, most employees are not assigned the job they are trained for.
He appreciated the way NT is mobilizing its surplus fund by investment in different national projects. He commended it as a key step toward ensuring the capital protection.
Regarding management and employee relationship, he advised, “Management and employee need to generate a better working relation between themselves and the workers.” In the ceremony, most of the members of employee associations complained about the lack of co-operation be tween management and the workers. They also pointed that there need to be a supervising authority that needs to regulate the purchase of equipment and machineries so that NT can provide high quality services to its customers.
Till date, NT has a total of around 50 lakh customers -the largest customer base. The total teledensity of Nepal is 26.71 per cent of which NT alone accounts for 17.56 per cent. The company during the last fiscal year has posted a total of Rs 10.17 billion profit.
Meantime, NT had extended the discounts of fered to the end of Baisakh.
Earlier on its anniversary, NT had announced certain discounts in its services from the beginning of Falgun till the end of Chaitra.
The discounts offered have no connecting charge for PSTN service and no fine for pending bill payment. The SMS service charge of CDMA and GSM within the network will be subjected to 50 per cent discount, Data/ Video Streaming Charges of GSM 2G and 3G services will cost 1 paisa per kilobyte and EVDO services and CDMA Mobile’s PDSN will cost 15 paisa per 100 kilobyte.
Minister for Information and Communications, Shankar Pokharel, called attention to Nepal Telecom (NT)’s technological backwardness, in a programme organised to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Telecom Employee Association of Nepal (TEAN).He stressed that NT has a great scope for the incorporation of value added services. “However, NTC does not explore the possibilities but waits for some outside sources to come up with the proposal, as a result, it lags behind the competitors,” he complained, adding that the NT is slow in terms of upgrading technology, which he said is rapidly changing. “Due to different contractual difficulties as well as other similar hitches, NT is using old technology in spite of being capable.”
He also urged NT to address the gap between demand and supply of its services. “Consumers will not wait for too long and they will switch on to available alternatives,” he cautioned.
He said that he had noticed a tendency in NT that even after providing the training, most employees are not assigned the job they are trained for.
He appreciated the way NT is mobilising its surplus fund by investment in different national projects. He commended it as a key step toward ensuring the capital protection.
Regarding management and employee relationship, he advised, “Management and employee need to generate a better working relation between themselves and the workers.” In the ceremony, most of the members of employee associations complained about the lack of co-operation be tween management and the workers. They also pointed that there need to be a supervising authority that needs to regulate the purchase of equipment and machineries so that NT can provide high quality services to its customers.
Till date, NT has a total of around 50 lakh customers -the largest customer base. The total teledensity of Nepal is 26.71 per cent of which NT alone accounts for 17.56 per cent. The company during the last fiscal year has posted a total of Rs 10.17 billion profit.
Meantime, NT had extended the discounts of fered to the end of Baisakh.
Earlier on its anniversary, NT had announced certain discounts in its services from the beginning of Falgun till the end of Chaitra.
The discounts offered have no connecting charge for PSTN service and no fine for pending bill payment. The SMS service charge of CDMA and GSM within the network will be subjected to 50 per cent discount, Data/ Video Streaming Charges of GSM 2G and 3G services will cost 1 paisa per kilobyte and EVDO services and CDMA Mobile’s PDSN will cost 15 paisa per 100 kilobyte.

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