requests for new phone
lines pending at
Nepal Telecom Corp.
Local call Rs. 3.00/Min.
Communications and Information
Phone/Fax and Dialing
Codes - Dialing into the Country? Nepal has just
recently begun to privatize telecommunications within the country.
Cell phones and pagers have been made available as of Mid-1999.
Long Distance calling is still in the dark-ages. VOIP (Voice Over
IP) license is not yet provided. AT&T has linked up to allow
card calls and access number is 0-800-77001. Remember Nepal's Country
Code is 977, and Kathmandu's city code is 1. Normal and Mobile phone
numbers are 7 and 10 digits respectively. Inquiries can be made
Making long distance call is easy from major cities like Kathmandu
and Pokhara. Cyber cafes and communication shops offer phone and
Internet services in every corner. They let you receive and send
fax and provide computer for Internet access for a fee. Nepal Telecom,
now it has become a Company Limited phone monopoly charges very
high prices for international phone calls. Expect US $1 to US $2
a minute calling rates to most countries and expect to pay 10 to
20 % higher at the cyber cafes or communication shops. Most hotels
and lodges also have phone and Internet access facilities these
days. Internet phone is available everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The cost starts from Rs. 10 to 30 ( about 0.15 to 0.30 cent) per
minute. Internet bandwidth is increasing so Internet calling is
becoming realistic. Callback and Collect Calls charged to a credit
card are available in some places. But many cyber cafes or communication
shops in Thamel and Pokhara give you a call back option. You can
call your home, give them the phone number of the shop or your hotel,
and ask your friends or relatives to call you back. The cost to
you would be the cost of one minute of long distance call. In most
of places they offer FREE call receiving service for 15-30 minutes.
Basic telephone service tariff from Nepal Telecom:
Minimum monthly rental for local telephone (with 175 free calls)
Installation charge (drop wire and accessories shall be borne by
the customer) Rs. 18,00.00
Charge for excess call (more than 175 free call) per call Rs. 1.00
Charge for a call to mobile from local exchange per minute Rs. 1.00
There is 2 minute rounding in business hour.
Off-hour rounding is 8 minutes, which starts from 22:00 to 6:00.
Pre-paid Phone Cards
- Nepal Telecom has introduced pre-paid phone card
service. This allows service user to make phone calls from any DTMF
telephone set and the call is charged to a card number provided
by the user. When service user uses this service, he/she should
enter access code, card number and corresponding PIN number. Only
after confirming the validity of the card number and the PIN number,
the service user is allowed to make call to the desired destination.
During the call, real time billing will be conducted and the prepaid
amount shall be deducted to pay the cost of the call and other services.
With this service, customer can call any time to anywhere, and the
Local PSTN number need not have prior long distance facilities from
Nepal Telecom. Currently, Nepal Telecom has introduced Prepaid Calling
Card service with three different face values i.e. Rs 200, Rs 500
& Rs 1000 to suit its customers which are valid for 6 months,
12 months and 18 months respectively.
Internet and Email
- All Internet services are growing at a fast past
and prices are dropping. See local tourist centers to check email
or 'surf' the net for reasonable prices (less than US$ 0.40 per
hour). In the main tourist centers of Kathmandu and Pokhara you
will find cyber cafes in every corner.
Mostly cyber cafés/shops in touristic area offer full internet
access, including ftp, Internet phone, MSN or Yahoo messanger, internet
connectivity with laptop/palmtop and all outside calling services.
Internet phone call is being very popular these days because of
the price.They will answer any questions before you travel so you'll
know to ask your ISP for your POP3 or SMTP server setting or to
forward your mail to a temporary email address. If you are traveling
with your laptop computer you can also signup unlimited Internet
account with local ISP. Their monthly subscription service fee is
about US$ 12. Below are the recommended Internet service providers
Telecom - Located nationwide
Freight and Cargo - The General Post Office (Ph:
4227499, 4470020) is located near Dharahara Tower and is open from
10 am to 5 pm from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays it remains open
until 3 pm. Stamps, aerograms and postcards may be purchased from
7 am to 7 pm at the counters. Services like registration and insurance
of mail and small packages, and exchange of IRCs are also available.
Parcels can be sent and received through the Foreign Post Office
next door. It is open from Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to
5 PM. On Fridays, the office remains open until 2 pm. EMS service
is also available at the general post office, Thamel, Basantapur
and airport postal counters in Kathmandu.
Real World Note - We've
seen delivery times of 1 to 2 months for letters/postcards to travel
from/to USA/Nepal and vice versa. Packages are freely opened by
customs officials coming into the country. Electronics tend to disappear
in the shuffle. DHL, FedEx and UPS are setup for service here, but
there are no street addresses inside the country. You'll see what
we mean when you get here.
- The book selection in Nepal is fantastic. Surprisingly,
the most known stores do such a tremendous business that they do
not need to discount. It's easy to find smaller shops to buy, sell
and trade books. But, don't expect the bargaining that you'll find
on every other item in Nepal.
Newspapers and Cable
For those that just have to stay informed, you'll find the
Herald Tribune in local shops and even the Asia Wall Street Journal
in more expensive hotels. If you want to get a taste of local news
and a new take on world events, pick up "The Kathmandu Post"
or "The Rising Nepal". They are only 4 rupees and sure
to entertain. Found in many of the local shops around Kathmandu.
Indian newspapers are also available and offer fantastic reporting
with an other-than-western view on world events (sorry Ted T. and
Rupert M.). Nepalnews.com and Kantipuronline.com are online news
from Nepal as it happens. They update news at least every day. Cable
television is a fast growing business in Nepal. If you have access
to cable TV at your hotel in Kathmandu, you can watch CNN and BBC
world 24 hours a day.
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