Bhutan Telecom launches 4G in five towns
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)