Ncell

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Ncell
Private Limited
Industry Telecommunications
Area served
Nepal
Products Mobile Telephony, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA
Number of employees
536 (As of 2016)
Parent Axiata Group Berhad
Website www.ncell.axiata.com

Ncell (Nepali: एनसेल), is a privately owned mobile network operator in Nepal. Ncell was the first private company to operate public GSM services in Nepal, initially under Mero Mobile brand, re-branded to Ncell on 12 March 2010.[1] It broke the monopoly held by the then state-owned, now public telecommunication company Nepal Telecom. On 12 April 2016, Ncell has officially become a part of Axiata Group Berhad, a Malaysian telecommunications group.

Background[edit]

The company is owned in 80% by Axiata Group Berhad. Ncell has 6.73 million data subscribers as of mid-February 2017. Ncell has 15.21 million mobile subscribers as of Mid-February 2017.

Partnership[edit]

Ncell became a part of Axiata Group Berhad on 12 April 2016, when the Group bought 100% shares of Reynhold Holdings, which holds 80% shares of Ncell. On 21 December 2015 TeliaSonera announced plans to sell its 60.4% ownership in Ncell to a Malaysian telecommunication conglomerate Axiata, with the deal expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.[2]

Technology[edit]

Ncell has new technologies and thoughts that attract many customers across Nepal which leave behind other telecommunications in competitive market. It had organized several IT related programs and sport-tournaments as a part of its corporate social responsibility. It is very good at advertising. It has painted the roofs of houses in Manakamana (which can be seen from cable car and that place is also called as Ncell Gaun by local peoples). On June 1, 2017, the company launched its 4G/LTE service in Kathmandu Valley, including Nagarkot, Banepa and Dhulikhel of Sindhupalchowk district. As per its commitment, the company on July 1, 2017, also launched 4G/LTE service in Pokhara and Damauli, two western cities of Nepal.

Internet and Packages[edit]

Ncell provides different offers and services on its network. Among many other products and services, the companny currently is providing One Plan product under which customers paying a certain amount receive data volume, talk time and SMS service besides free online streaming of music from Yonder Music app, the largest digital music library with more than 20 million Nepali and international songs.[3] Ncell provides packages services to the customer to use internet in low price and many people are using this offers of internet and global communication.

In 2010, when Ncell was still a under TeliaSonera, its highest 3G base station was made near one of the Everest Base Camps at the altitude of 5200 meters (17,000 feet)[4]. According to company head Pasi Koistinen, the coverage can reach up to the summit of Everest. Due to this, climbers can access the internet and communicate with family while climbing the mountain.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ncell provides free websites to beginners". sahilshrestha11.blogspot.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "TeliaSonera divests its holding in Ncell". TeliaSonera. 21 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ncell launches ‘Facebook Free’ offer under its ‘Internet for All’ theme". Ncell. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "3G network brings internet to Mount Everest climbers". BBC News. 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 

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