Bhutan Tele­com launches 4G in five towns

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Bhutan Tele­com (BT) launched its 4G ser­vice in five ma­jor towns of Thim­phu, Pu­nakha, Paro, Phuntshol­ing and Wang­due Pho­drang on 5 Fe­bru­ary.

The 4G cov­er­age by Bhutan Tele­com for rest of the districts will be com­pleted by the end of 2017.

The 4G ser­vice has been pro­vi­sioned through 70 sites in the five ma­jor towns.

At the launch­ing cer­e­mony in Thim­phu, the chair­per­son of Druk hold­ing In­vest­ments (DHI), Dasho San­gay Khandu, said that 4G ser­vices will ad­dress the net­work con­ges­tion and pro­vide re­li­able in­ter­net ac­cess on mo­bile de­vices.

“In spite of the sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment made for 4G, BT is pro­vid­ing the ser­vice at the 3G rate so that 4G ser­vices are affordable for peo­ple,” he said.

Along with 4G, BT launched many pack­ages for pre­paid mo­bile data, post-paid mo­bile data and broad­band connections.

The data quota for pre­paid data pack­age of Nu. 299 was only 1.9 gi­ga­byte (GB), but with the new pack­age, for the same amount of money, peo­ple can get data quota of 2.84 GB.

There­fore, peo­ple can get more data quota for the same amount of money.

The chair­man of BT, Ten­zin Dendup, said, “4G ser­vice will re­duce the load on 2G and 3G net­work thereby bring­ing im­prove­ment in the quality of ser­vice.”

Mo­bile data us­age in De­cem­ber 2015, was 1333,055 GB and it in­creased to 219,574 GB in Oc­to­ber 2016.

This shows an in­crease in data us­age by 65 per­cent over a pe­riod of only 10 months.

The BT chair­man also said that wide role out of 4G ser­vice will help meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for mo­bile data ser­vices.

The 4G data us­age in­creased 66 per­cent within 25 days. It in­creased to 886GB on 30 Jan­uary from 293GB on Jan­uary 5.

The pre­paid cus­tomers can now en­joy nine data pack­age rang­ing from Nu.19 to Nu.699. The data quota for Nu.19 is 0.16 GB valid till 24 hours, while data pack- age for Nu. 699 is 7.70 GB with one month va­lid­ity.

Mo­bile post­paid data pack­ages are now avail­able in six types rang­ing from Nu.199 to Nu.1599. Nu.199 has 1.36GB data quota and Nu.1599 with 17.58 with one month va­lid­ity for both.

On the broad­band data, BT has dou­bled the quota at the same rate as that of ear­lier scheme.

There are three pre­paid and post­paid broad­band pack­ages for home, of­fice and en­ter­prises.

The home pack­ages for pre­paid broad­band users will now get 7.60 GB at Nu.399 which was ear­lier only 3.8 GB.

Sim­i­larly, for the post­paid broad­band users the home pack­age for Nu.499 is in­creased to 8GB from 4GB.

BT first launched its 4G ser­vices in Thim­phu in 2013 as a pi­lot project. Cur­rently there are 5,000 4G users.

BT launches 4G net­work ( Photo credit : :Bhutan Tele­com)

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