With the advancement in Information Technology, it had never been this easier connecting, browsing, sharing resource in Social Medias and of course staying updated. Now, people living in US are reachable from another corner of the world as easily as people from next town. About half of the world’s population uses internet and the number is increasing vigorously. Being part of this world, Nepal has also been affected by the rising trend of Internet usage. Along with growth in internet users, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are also emerging in significant numbers. However, the availability of different ISPs increases the dilemma of choosing the right one.
This article compares some of the ISPs prevalent in Nepal based on their types of service and cost. In Nepal, some of services provided by ISPs are ADSL, wireless, cable, mobile broadband that differs from each other on specification and costing. You can select ISP and its services, depending on the services available in your place of residence.
Services provided by the following ISPs are compared below:
NTC, Ncell, World Link, Broadlink, Subishu, Classic Tech, UTL, Web Surfer, Mercantile, Vianet, CWC
All of the comparisons are based on type of service plan provided by ISPs.
Unlimited Internet Plan
|NTC||ADSL||192Kbps , 384 Kbps||Monthly Renewal||None||Rs 1017 , Rs 1695(With VAT)
[Registration : Rs 500]
|World Link||Wi-Zoom, Cable-Zoom||1Mbps,10 Mbps(128Kbps)||10 Mbps (20GB) and revert to 128 Kbps||Less cost when paid in advance||Rs 1100|
|Broadlink||WiFi (Shared)||256, 384, 512 and 960 Kbps||Sharing up to 4 persons||Summer Offer (Check Website)||Rs 899 , Rs 1348, Rs 2700, Rs 6742|
|Subishu||WiFi||128 Kbps, 256 Kbps, 512 Kbps||Unlimited for one months||New year offers (check website)||Rs 800, Rs 1050, Rs 1725|
|UTL||CDMA||128 Kbps||–||One month free||Rs 500 + one time (Rs 848)|
|Web Surfer||WiFi||384 Kbps, 256 Kbps, 192 Kbps||–||–||Rs 1500,Rs 1100, Rs 900 + one time (Rs 3000)|
|Mercantile||WiFi (Econet)||192 Kbps, 384 Kbps, 768 Kbps||–||–||RS 1000, Rs 1700, Rs 3300|
|Vianet||WiFi||1 Mbps(90 GB) + 256 Kbps||–||Discount when paid in advance (more months)||Rs 5500|
|CWC||WiFi||192Kbps, 320Kbps||Differs from monthly to yearly||–||Rs 600, Rs 1000|
|Otel||Space Time Network (STN) Cable and Fiber||1 Mbps for home users (sharing ratio 1:6), other packages available||Monthly, quarterly, semi-yearly and Yearly||Free Installation Charge (all packages), Free router for yearly subscribers||Rs. 1050 monthly and Rs. 12600 yearly without VAT (13%)|
Note: “-“is used when information is not available. The entire price listed is excluding tax.
If you work on loads of data and wish to stay connected 24/7 then unlimited plan would be a good option for you. Otherwise, unlimited data plan would be expensive for users who use internet occasionally. A research showed that majority of the customers who were using unlimited data plan didn’t use data enough to warrant the criteria of Unlimited data plan. Thus, Volume Based Plan is a good alternative to Unlimited Data Plan for part time users.
Volume Based Plan
|1.NTC(ADSL)(almost all part of country)WiMAX (major cities)||512||15||1980||3 months|
|2.NCELL (Mobile Broadband-3G) (major cities)||>512 (offers available)||1||699||1 month|
|3. World Link||10 * 1024 and 128 after volume finished||20||1100||1 month|
|Cable Zoom (Some part of Kathmandu valley)||40||1800||1 month|
|4. Vianet||1024 and 256 after volume usage||90||5500||1 month|
As we see above, volume based data plan provides higher data rates. So, if you are looking for performance then you can undoubtedly choose Volume Based plan.
Night Surfing Plan
|1. Web Surfer (WiFi)||5 pm to 10 am||256||–||500 +installation (3000)|
|2. Mercantile(WiFi)||6 pm to 9 am||256||6 month advance||900|
Night Surfing Plan is the best Plan for people working 10-5. As you are working in office during daytime, you can save a good deal of money by choosing Night Surfing Plan. Interestingly, you will still be able to use internet as soon as you are back home at 5 pm and keep surfing till you leave for work at 10 am.
The costs specified above are for usage and registration only. Thus, buying a networking device additionally to connect you to the internet will ultimately affect initial cost of every plan. The following list gives you a glimpse of network devices compatible for your network:
- For ADSL : ADSL Modems (Wireless : about RS 2200, Only Wired: about RS 1200)
- For WiFi: No device, sometimes signal booster needed (cost varies), Wi-Fi router needed if you want to share.
- CDMA modem about RS 1000 (or more)
- Wlink device are provided by the company with certain terms.
- Mobile USB adapter is needed to connect to internet using NCELL. It can be purchased outside or even buy it from NCELL.
ISPs and their coverage
|1.NTC||ADSL||Almost 75 district||Customer care centerSundhara, KathmanduTel:.01-4259864http://ntc.net.np|
|WiMAX||Major cities of Nepal|
|2.NCELL||3G Internet||Major cities of Nepal and in Mount Everest base camp||http://ncell.com.np|
|3.World Link||Cable Zoom||Some part of Kathmandu||Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Tel.: +977-1- 5523050http://wlink.com.np
|4. Broadlink||WiFi||Central development region, Western development region and some part of Eastern development region||Inderni Heights ‚Sanepa(RingRoad)Lalitpur‚ NepalTel: +977 1 5553020 ;+977 1 5553021 http://broadlink.com|
|5. Subishu||WiFi||Some area of Kathmandu||Phone.01- 4429616 http://www.subisu.net.np/|
|6. Classic Tech||WiFi||Some part of Kathmandu valley||New Baneshwor-10, Baneshwor Plaza – 4th & 5th Floor, Kathmandu, Nepal.Tel: +977-1-4466607http://www.classic.com.np/|
|7. UTL||CDMA||Many area in country, verify your location by looking at its webpage||PutalisadakTel.: 01-2222222http://utlnepal.com|
|8. Mercantile||WiFi||Some part of Kathmandu valley||Toll Free:16600155555http://mos.com.np|
|9. Vianet||WiFi||Some part of Kathmandu valley||Jawalakhel Road, LalitpurTel : 977-1-5546410http://vianet.com|
|10. CWC (Cherry World Communication Pvt Ltd.)||WiFi||Some part of Kathmandu valley||Ltd.New Baneshwor, Sankhmul RoadKathmandu, NepalTel: +977-1-4785651http://www.cwc.com.np|
|11. Otel||Co-axial (STN Network) and fiber cable||Major parts of Kathmandu Valley.(expansion in progress)|| Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Prera Business Center
If you are outside the valley then you might not have as many options available. Broadlink providesWi-Fi facility outside the valley. You can use their Wi-Fi services in places where there is good WiFi signal strength. Broadlink also provides a device, Signal Booster @ NRs 3500 with some attractive offers, that helps you boost the WiFi signal.
Also, telecommunication companies NTC, NCELL, UTL provides internet services through their existing communication backbone. ADSL provided by NTC is a widely available and cost effective solution that satisfies Internet need of majority of users. Nevertheless, if you are going to Mount Everest, you might consider taking NCELL with you to stay connected. 3G internet by NCELL is perhaps one of the fastest internet in Nepal, however it drains your purse in a wink compared to any other services. Likewise, UTL provides CDMA Internet services but it requires good signal strength to have desired speed, so if a good signal is not available don’t try UTL.
In Kathmandu valley, there are different ISPs that provide affordable Internet connectivity, so go for ISP that matches your speed need, total data per month, and importantly the one that fits your budget.