If you live in Nepal, and want to get high speed internet, what are your options and the speeds you can get. Luckily this year 2011 we have a lot of options. The main ones currently available are NTC adsl, Subisu cable, Wlink, Mercantile and now also Ncell.
I subscribed to NTC, Ncell, Wlink to run some tests and was very pleased with NTC and Ncell. Even during load shedding NTC’s internet was working, while Wlink would go down during load shedding.
Using Wlink, my speed was also close to advertised speed but the connection was not consistent. For eg- I was downloading a file of 100MB.. the connection broke several times forcing me to restart the download.
Also using NTC adsl with a 256 Kbps speed I was consistently able to get actual speeds of close to 256 kbps which is very surprising. I downloaded a 100mb file and it was slow but it completed.
I also tested Ncell’s internet and I got a download speed of 1MB which was very very very good for Kathmandu.
1st – NTC
I will be updating my posts after testing on Subisu and Mercantile. If you would like me to run any more tests on other ISP’s or have suggestions comments let me know.
But in the mean time there has been a VOIP controversy. This whole VOIP issue has recently been in the press after the Paras Shah and Rubel Chawdhary incident. Rubel has been alleged to be involved in VOIP in Nepal.
According to the Himalayan Times, the Nepali government has been putting bandwidth users under scanner to control illegal Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP).
After the rampant use of illegal VOIP, the authority has decided to monitor the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. “We have asked the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to send the details of bandwidth users and their utility,” said chairman of NTA Bhesh Raj Kanel.
I think this is completely an idiotic move. Just because NTC (Nepal Telecommunications) is losing money doesn’t mean the best way to gain more money is by forcing people to use its high priced expensive traditional call services. Instead the NTC should realize that it is no longer a monopoly and this is a globalized world. It should allow VOIP by private citizens while at the same time controlling illegal commercialization of VOIP. Simply banning all VOIP is not the answer. Technology is getting cheaper and faster but NTC and the government fails to realize that.
*Updated on 1/11/13- Updated ranking of NTC to #1 due to its consistency and quality of internet speed. NCELL has now gotten very slow during night time web surfing.