Ncell taps ZTE for network virtualization

04 Jul 2017

Nepal's Ncell Axiata has contracted ZTE to provide network virrtualization technologies for a new virtual subscriber data management (vSDM) platform.

The operator's vSDM platform will use advanced virtualization, advanced distributed architecture, hierarchical storage, multi-level protection and cloud technologies, ZTE said.

Ncell is conducting the project in a bid to establish a more intelligent and flexible telecoms network while increasing cost savings on hardware investment and operations.

Malaysia-based Axiata Group completed the acquisition of an 80% stake in Ncell in April 2016 for 5.9 billion ringgit ($1.37 billion). Ncell is competing with state-owned Nepal Telecom to be the market's top operator by market share.

Ncell has meanwhile announced it has expanded its LTE service to the Pokhara and Damauli areas as part of its plan to make 4G accessible to 15% of the population by the end of the year.

The operator launched initial 4G services in Kathmandu Valley including in Nagarkot, and Banepa and Dhulikhel on June 1 after securing permission to deploy services over its existing spectrum under Nepal's technology neutrality principles.

Ncell aims to make 4G service available in 40 cities nationwide by 2018. Nepal's National Broadband Policy aims to make broadband connections available to 45% households within 2018 and connect all village development committees with broadband by 2020.

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