30 Things You Must Know Before Activate Ncell Data Pack But… #8 No. Is Most Important For All Ncell Phone Customer

Ncell data pack: –Ncell Pvt. Since 2004, Ltd. has worked in Nepal as the country’s first private mobile operator. For the people living in the country, we are committed to being the best local mobile network. With a local touch, we provide international quality services.

Ncell is one of Asia’s leading telecommunications group, Axiata Group Berhad. Axiata operates with 25,000 employees in ten countries and serves about 290 million subscribers.

Together with Axiata, Ncell is contributing to the development of the economy and infrastructure of the country, building best-in-class networks and bringing people within communications reach in the most remote areas of Nepal.

#1. NCELL in Nepal

Ncell is the first private mobile telecommunication company of Nepal.  It is the first telecommunication company established in Nepal, which started public service of GSM. On establishment, the company name was mero mobile, owned by Spice Nepal Private Limited.

In October 2008 Spice Nepal had contracted with the famous mobile company of Europe named Telia Sonera. In order to make this mobile service as the number one mobile service in the country. It has changed it’s an old name from mero mobile to ncell.  Ncell displays Nepal cellular in Nepal. Mero mobile phone officially started serving from September 17, 2005.

#2. Spice Nepal Pvt. LTD.

Spice Nepal Pvt Ltd is a non-government GSM mobile service provider of Nepal and it is the first non-government GSM mobile service provider of Telecommunication Sector. It has started serving this service from the brand of mero mobile name which is now called Ncell. 

This brand broke the monopoly of national Telecommunication Company, Nepal Telecom and it started a competition in Nepal Telecommunications. The establishment of Spice Nepal Pvt Ltd was in 2004 with the license of Nepal Telecommunications authority. And it started providing both types of service post-paid and prepaid services within the nation. This company commercially started this service within the valley on September 17, 2005.


And it has spread gradually during the period of two years. Some of the areas where it has provided its services are- Dhulikhel, Banepa, Nagarkot, Chitwan, Hetauda, Birgunj, Simra, Biratnagar, Itahari, Dharan, Janakpur, Nijgarh, Rajbiraj, Kankadvitta, Bhadrapur, Pokhara, Butwal, Bardigadh, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj,  Surkhet, Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, and Gaighat. Since then it has provided its services all over the nation.

On April 12, 2016, ncell officially became the part of the Telecommunication Group of Malaysia’s Axiata Group Berhad. It has broken the monopoly of Nepal Telecom, a public telecom company of Nepal. This company received permission from Nepal Telecommunication Authority and has got the right to distribute prepaid and postpaid SIMs towards the GSM service. 

It started officially and commercially from Kathmandu Valley in September 2005 with mero mobile name. Currently, the company has expelled its service in 77 districts of Nepal.  It has chosen urban and rural areas to expand its service.

#3. Ncell Service and operation

Ncell initially provided basic features such as phone calls and messages only. After this, the company has added one by one facility for its customers. Such as the Blackberry phones, ncell Connect (Internet Operating Data Card), similar to GPRS and Voices Mail.

In the context of Nepal telecommunication services, ncell is in the first place, its customer number has reached about 100 million. Ncell has provided roaming services by collaborating with 425 telecommunication companies of 125 countries till now.

#4. Ncell Network information

  • Operator Name: ncell Pvt Ltd
  • Mobile network name: ncell (429-02)
  • Technology: GSM 900/1800
  • Network Status: Running September 2008
  • Slogan: Ncell for Nepal

#5. Services that the Ncell provides to its customers

Since it’s the establishment, Ncell has been providing numerous services to its customers. Starting with the basic services like calling, messaging. Today Ncell has extended its services to provide the internet to its customers from mobile or computer using the protocols like GPRS, wap or edge.

All Ncell Sims have internet activated Internet. So you can use Facebook or any social networks, download videos or songs, watch TV online, etc. Since the SIM has already activated the Internet, as soon as you insert the SIM in your phone.

Depending on the model and capability of your phone, it automatically configures the internet settings so you can use the net immediately. However, if your phone is not automatically configured with internet settings.


You can configure the settings manually as well. The settings may differ depending on the model of your phone. So you can follow the procedure below to activate the internet on your phone.

  • Type A and send it to 900224
  • Dial 900 and follow as the given instructions
  • Dial *100# and follow as the given instructions
  • Type ALL and send it to 9595
  • You will then receive the automatic settings for your phone after which you can surf the net in your phone

For the manual settings, you can follow the procedure as mentioned below:

  • Go to the menu of your phone
  • Go to the settings and then scroll to internet/mobile data/cellular/web settings
  • Then go to APN and type web and in place of the homepage you can type www.ncell.com.np
  • Now you are set to surf the net
  • Some phone may have to be restarted for the internet to be active

If you know how to activate the internet, then you should also know how to deactivate the service in case if you don’t need it anymore. So the process to follow is:

  • Type R and send it to 900224
  • Dial 900 and follow the given instructions
  • Dial *100# and follow the given instructions

#6. Ncell Internet settings for your computer

Ncell has advanced its services such that via Ncell SIM, you can use the internet on your laptop or tablet, etc. The process is much too simple. Just insert your Ncell SIM in your data card and then plug in the USB port of your computer.

Then it automatically installs the Ncell connect software in your computer. You only have to click allow in case of appearance of any prompts. After installation, click on Ncell connect icon and launch the software. Click on connect and browse the internet at a faster speed on your laptop.

#7. Short information about APN, GPRS, GSM, and EDGE

APN: The APN is something like the access point to our network and tells the mobile by which virtual path should connect to the Internet. Logically each operator has his own and before making an unnecessary call to your company’s Call center, surely with five minutes to navigate the configuration menus of your terminal, you could solve the problem. The first thing you should be clear about is what is an APN. 

In technical terms, we can say that an APN or Access Point Name is nothing else than an access point for GPRS, which must be configured on a mobile or cell phone so that the Internet can be accessed.  As you can see, it is of vital importance because if this is not well configured we will have connectivity failures.

And for example, we will not be able to download apps or simply, we will not see the amount of data we have in our cell phone or mobile. We can say that APN is an access point with username and password for each of the mobile or cell phone operators that exist, which if not configured, will not be able to access the Internet efficiently. Since Android devices come with a predefined APN that does not always work in the best way.

GPRS: It is a packet switching technique, which is integrable with the current structure of GSM networks.  This technology will allow data speeds of 115 kbps.  Their advantages are multiple, and they are applied fundamentally to the transmissions of data that produce traffic “to bursts”, that is to say, discontinuous. 

For example, Internet and messaging.  You can use several channels at the same time, and take advantage of the “gaps” available for the transmissions of different users.  Therefore, we do not need a dedicated circuit for each connected user.  In this way the concept of connection time disappears, giving way to the amount of information transmitted.

GSM: GSM stands for Global System for Mobile communications is the most widely used digital mobile phone system. Originally explained as an open European standard for a digital mobile phone network to support voice, data, text messages and roaming in several countries. 

GSM is now one of the most important 2G wireless digital standards in the world.  GSM is present in more than 160 countries and according to the GSM association, they have 70 percent of the total digital mobile market.

As its name indicates, then, GSM is nothing more than a communication standard for mobile telephony, implemented through the combination of satellites and terrestrial antennas.  Mobile phones that use GSM technology are also known as 2G or second generation phones.

EDGE: EDGE is the acronym for Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution and also known as Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS).  It is a cellular mobile phone technology, which acts as a bridge between 2G and 3G networks.

It is considered an evolution of the GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). It works with GSM networks.  Although EDGE works with any GSM that has implemented GPRS, the operator must implement the necessary updates, and not all mobile phones support this technology.

#8. Packages and Prices for NCell Data Pack

When you directly surf the internet on your phone, it costs you a lot. When that phone is Android or iPhone or smartphone. Direct surfing of the internet can drain your pocket of your whole month of salary in just a few days. Understanding these difficulties of its customers, Ncell has now introduced several types of data packs at cheap prices which you can use according to your needs and recharged amount. The available data packs are:

You can enjoy a range of services with Ncell Internet, with which you can access the different services at a better price. Use the fastest Internet in Nepal to enjoy all these services.

1. New Internet Packs

2. Facebook Pack

3. Unlimited Internet

4. Data Pack for Ncell Connect

1. Gajjabko Data Pack – NCell Data Pack

Gajjabko data packs for 30 days, once you consume the purchased volume, you can browse the internet at just Rs.1 per MB (excluding taxes) until the packs are valid. For other Gajjabko packs, after consumption of the purchased volume, the standard PayG rate of Rs. 2.75 per MB (excl. taxes) will apply. Surfing the Internet by buying Internet Pack is always recommended by dialing* 17123 #as you get the best rates.

Yes, Gajjabko Data pack gives you the alternative of choosing from several data volumes of the various price range. There is 1 day, 3 days, 7 days and 30 days data packs with the available volume of 35 MB, 120 MB, 200 MB, 500 MB, and 3 GB data.

The price ranges from RS. 11.49 for 1 day, RS. 37 for 120 MB for 3 days, Rs. 44.69 for 200 MB, and rs. 453.30 for 3 GB. There is also 1-hour data pack at Rs. 22.6. If you have activated the 30 days data pack of 3 GB and consumed the Data before 30 days. You have to pay RS 1 per MB until the expiration of the valid period. For other packs, after completion of your volume. You have to surf the net on RS. 2.75 per MB.

2. Sathi pack – NCell Data Pack

Once the purchased volume is consumed, you can browse the internet under Sathi packs at only Rs.1 per MB (excluding taxes) until the packs are valid. Surfing the Internet by buying Internet Pack is always recommended by dialing* 17123 #as you get the best rates.

You get 1-hour free streaming / downloading of video with all Sathi data packs. With YouTube, iflix, all Ncell video portals and other Google services such as Google Play, Maps, etc., 1-hour video streaming works. The first introduction to YouTube Go in Nepal. Download YouTube Go and watch or download the quality of your favorite videos.

Yes, the Sahi data pack can be used by those customers who are in need of high volume data for browsing the net. This data pack presents you the options of choosing from 0.75 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, and 16 GB for 1 day, 3 days, 7 days and 30 days price ranging from RS.49.8, 126.41, 254.1, and 1020.24 respectively.

The one-hour free video streaming data is also given daily with the data pack you have chosen of certain days. With this free data, you can watch video on YouTube, iflix, Ncell videos, Google maps, and other Google services.

3. Daami Data Pack

Once the purchased volume is consumed, you can browse the internet for only Rs.1 per MB (excluding taxes) for 30 days, until the packs are valid. Once the purchased volume is consumed, the standard PayG rate of Rs. 2.75 per MB (excl. taxes) will apply to other dami packs. Surfing the Internet by buying Internet Pack is always recommended by dialing* 17123 #as you get the best rates.

Yes, Daami data pack is also for those customers who like to spend most of their time on their phone. Or for those who really need the high volume of data at a reasonable price. You get the option of choosing from data volume ranging from 220 MB for 1 day, 0.5 MB for 3 days, 1 GB for 7 days and 5 GB for 30 days with the price option of RS. 24.26, RS. 62.57, Rs. 113.64 and RS. 573.33 respectively.

If you have activated the 30 days pack and have consumed the given pack before 30 days. You can then browse at Ra. 1 per MB until the completion of 30 days. Then you are charged RS. 2.75 per MB if you do not activate any other data packs.

4. Ramro Data Pack

The 4 G data can only be used with a SIM and handset supported by 4 G and 4 G coverage. For 30 days Ramro data pack, you can browse the internet at only Rs.1 per MB (excluding taxes) until the packs is valid. Once the purchased volume is consumed, the standard PayG rate of Rs. 2.75 per MB (excl. taxes) will apply to other Ramro packs. Surfing the Internet by buying Internet Pack is always recommended by dialing* 17123 #as you get the best rates.

Ramro data pack is useful for those customers who have activated the 4G services in their phone. Because this data pack gives you the 4G data volume as well as 3G data volume with free 4G data volume.

This data pack has 35 MB 3G and 4G data volume with free 35 MB 4G volume for 1 day at Rs. 11.49. 120 MB data volume with free 120 MB 4G data at 37.03 for 3 days. 300 MB data volume with free 300 MB 4G data for 7 days at Rs. 88.11. 1300 MB data volume with free 1300 MB 4G volume for 30 days at Rs. 343.49. If you don’t have the 4G SIM, it is advisable not to choose this data pack. It hurts to see so much 4G data volume which is free go to waste.

For all the above-mentioned packs, you need to dial *17123# on your phone. You will be given the option from 1 to 9. Just type the number which you prefer the best and send. Your desired data pack will be activated.

5. Facebook Packs

You can either choose a one-time Facebook pack that will be deactivated once the validity is over, or you can choose the auto-renewable service that will automatically renew the pack for your convenience once the validity is over. You can update your status, chat, message, upload, and share pictures, watch Facebook videos (and not from YouTube and other third-party sites) and do so.

In laptops and other devices, you can use Facebook pack via official Android and iOS apps and m.facebook.com. The Facebook package is now also available in Opera Mini 4.4 and above. You can still use Facebook at Rs. 0.99/MB within the package validity period if you use all the data in the Facebook package.

Yes, this pack is especially for operating Facebook only as the name suggest. With the activation of this pack, you can open your FB, upload photos, share and watch videos but only in FB and not from other applications. The pack offers you with the option of 20 MB, 140 MB and 600 MB with the same free night volume which you can use from 10 pm to 6 am.

The 20 MB costs you ta. 11.49, 140 MB costs you RS. 62.57 and 600 MB costs you Rs. 190.26 which you use for 1, 7 and 30 days respectively. After the completion of your chosen volume and you still have the validity period left. You can use FB at 0.99rs per MB until the end of the validity period.

You have to dial *17115# to activate this service. Type 1,2 or 3 according to your preference. But make sure to deactivate this service by dialing *17115# and 4. Else, your FB pack will automatically be renewed after completion of your chosen pack.

6. Unlimited internet pack:

This data pack scheme is for those who want to surf the internet freely without any hassle of activating the service every other day. This pack allows you to use the internet freely for 30 days at a fixed price. Such as you have the option 1 GB at the price of Rs. 892.55, 5 GB at RS. 2552.52 and 10 GB at RS. 3829.42.

With this pack, you can watch and download video, songs, check emails do whatever you like at 3G speed. If the chosen data is consumed and the validity period is still left, you can surf the net at the speed of 32 kbps free till the expiration of the validity period. There are also two types available one is for one-time activation only and the next is recurring one. The second one will automatically reactivate your service after completion of the activated data pack.

7. Data pack for Ncell connect:

This scheme is for browsing the internet in your laptop or desktop with 3G speed. It has 500 MB for RS. 509.49, 1000 MB for RS. 892.55 and 5000 MB for RS. 2552.52. To purchase this package, you simply have to type your desired volume and send SMS to 9009. And to know the status of your purchased volume, simply type status and send it to 9009.

8. Night data pack:

For the convenience of the customers of Ncell, it has introduced night data packs into the market. This type of data pack is useful for those people who are busy in the daytime and cannot surf the internet. For such customers, Ncell has launched affordable easy high-speed night data packs of volume  40 MB at RS 8 for 1 day, 250 MB at RS 40 for 7 days and 1000 MB for 30 days at Rs. 100.

This service has started on June 29, 2016. With this pack, you can surf the net from 10 on to 6 am. For activation, simply dial *17123# or type required data, insert space and type N and send it to 17123. After consumption of all data with still remaining validity period. You can browse the net at 50 Paisa per MB until the validity period expires.

#9. Other things to know about Ncell data pack

Facebook package in Opera mini 4.4 and above is now available as well. Within the package validity period, you can still use Facebook at Rs. 0.99/MB if you use all the data in the Facebook package.

If you are within your pack limit (e.g. within 1 GB for Rs.699 Unlimited Internet), speeds of up to 3 G can be expected–depending on where you are. Even if you cross your pack limit (more than 1 GB for Rs. 699 Unlimited Internet), you can still surf for free at 32 kbps for the remainder of the pack’s validity date or you can buy a new pack immediately to enjoy 3 G speed again.

You can either activate your unlimited internet each month by activating one-time packs, but you can activate recurring pack options if you want automatic activation. If you have a recurring pack when the current pack validity expires, a new pack will automatically be activated and the remaining data in the old pack will be accumulated in the new pack.

But if you have a one-time pack, in order to accumulate the remaining data, you need to buy a new pack within the validity period. Otherwise, after the expiry date, the remaining data will collapse.

In your mobile phones, tablets and laptops, you can use Unlimited Internet for browsing. Internet use includes surfing, chatting, watching your favorite videos, emails and any other activity.

When you are within your pack limit, you can also download anything you want (e.g. Rs. 699 (Unlimited Internet) within 1 GB. You won’t be able to use torrents after exceeding the pack limit (e.g. over 1 GB for Rs. 699 Unlimited Internet).

Even if you purchased unlimited internet pack except for daily pack and Facebook pack, you can also purchase any available monthly internet pack. You can use the Unlimited Internet on any mobile device, laptop or computer using your mobile SIM. For Ncell Connect, this package is not valid.

#10. How to query about the remaining data volume?    

Since Ncell has introduced varieties of data packs and offers with which people can surf the internet at a reasonable price. These offered packs have made life is people easier and convenient. We don’t have to wander around any cyber cafe or we don’t need to have a computer or laptop.

So these data packs have become very popular amongst the Ncell customers. All most all would activate these services of Ncell. As you use these services you also need to know the remaining amount or the data Volume. So accordingly you can browse the internet. If you don’t keep the knowledge of the left volume on your activated data pack.

You go on surfing the net and the charge will be deducted from your main balance. So there are basically two processes with which you can query about your remaining volume.

  • You can simply type S in your message box and send it to 17123. A message will be sent to you with the left data volume and the expiry date of that data pack you have activated.
  • Or you can simply inquire for your main balance by dialing*101# or *901#. An automatic message will be sent to you informing you about your remaining volume.
  • As you go on browsing the internet, Ncell automatically sends you the message informing you that your data pack is going to finish or it’s going to expire.

#11. 4G network and its speed

In telecommunications, 4G is the acronym used to refer to the fourth generation of mobile telephony technologies.  It is the successor of 2G and 3G  and precedes the next generation, the 5G. As in other generations, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) created a committee to define specifications. 

This committee is the IMT-Advanced and it defines the necessary requirements for a standard to be considered of the 4G generation. Among the technical requirements that are included, there is one very clear: the maximum data transmission speeds should be between 100 Mbit / s (12.5 MB / s) for high mobility and 1 Gbit / s (125 MB / s) for low mobility.  From here we began to study what technology were the candidates to wear the 4G label.

It should be noted that the working groups of the ITU are not purely theoretical, but that the industry is part of them and they study actual technologies existing at the time.  Therefore, the LTE standard (long term evolution) of the 3GPP standard is not 4G.

Because it does not meet the requirements defined by the IMT-Advanced in characteristics of peak transmission speeds and spectral efficiency.  Even so, the ITU declared in 2010 that the candidates for 4G, as it was, could be advertised as 4G.

The 4G is based entirely on the IP protocol, is a system and a network, which is achieved thanks to the convergence between cable and wireless networks.  This technology can be used by wireless modems, smart mobiles, and other mobile devices.

The main difference with the predecessor generations will be the capacity to provide access speeds greater than 100 Mbit / s in motion and 1 Gbit / s at rest, maintaining a high-quality end-to-end quality of service (QoS). That will allow offering services of any kind at any time, in any place, with the minimum possible cost.

The WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum) wants 4G to be a complete or absolute fusion of technologies and protocols, not just a single standard, similar to 3G, which currently includes technologies such as GSM and CDMA. The company NTT DoCoMo in Japan was the first to conduct experiments with the fourth generation technologies, reaching 100 Mbit / s (12.5 MB / s) in a vehicle at 200 km / h.  The firm launched the first 4G services based on LTE technology in December 2010 in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.

The 4G concept brings speeds greater than those of 301 Mbit / s (37.6 MB / s) with a radius of 8 MHz. Among others, it includes advanced radio performance techniques such as MIMO and OFDM.  Two of the terms that define the evolution of 3G, following the standardization of 3GPP, will be LTE for radio access, and SAE (Service Architecture Evolution) for the core part of the network.

#12. 4G network architecture

The new generation called 4G is implemented through the technology known as LTE (Long Term Evolution).  The LTE architecture presents a series of changes in denomination, configurations, and elements. What we must especially keep in mind is the following:

As we can see in the lower part of the nonexistent image (and in brown), a new element called “eNodeB” appears in LTE and it incorporates the functions of RNC (Radio Network Controller) that no longer exists.  On the other hand, it can also be seen that the basic functions of the SGSN and the GGSN (and others as well) are now covered by what is called MME (Mobility Management Entity) and SerGW (Serving Gateway).

We have not wanted to delve into more details, because there are several devices that we have not put to simplify the concept. But we have highlighted two more components that will be the key pieces to receive IP packets. And differentiate voice and data traffic, which must then be routed towards both external networks. As of course, today and for many years there will still be two “worlds of the public domain”, the voice (PSTN) and the data (PSDN).

The final responsible for routing the data will be the PDGw (Packet Data Gateway), while the one that will convert voice packets into voice flows will be the IMS (Multimedia Subsystem Internet) that we will develop later.  Finally, we see that the HSS (Home Subscriber Server) appears that inherits the functions of the HLR.

It stores and manages the profile of the subscriber’s IMS service, saves the security keys and generates authentication vectors, registers the status of the subscribers and stores the node with which the subscriber has registered, etc.

What we must emphasize is that a single device incorporates functionalities that involve hardware and software to optimize the performance of the radio interface.  This new design is perhaps the most important aspect of LTE. Since from here it is already entered into the network with IP protocol, allowing it to be an architecture all IP from end to end, at a rate of rising and fall never reached before.

The eNodeB incorporates the antenna and the intelligence previously controlled by the RNC (which now does not exist anymore). Therefore, in most cases, it will be outside the physical security domain of the operator. That is, in buildings, premises, rural areas or unattended, roofs, tunnels, bridges, etc. 

This is where a new security challenge is since all this work involves software developments that can be accessed by IP protocol. And this device, in turn, to be configured has physical access interfaces to which anyone can also potentially have access.

Because LTE is a technology in full deployment throughout the world, then we will address the issue of security of the same with a greater degree of detail than the previous ones. Because as you will see there are enough problems, gaps or weaknesses in their implantations. Attacks to this new radio element (eNB) can be made locally or remotely. 

By obtaining physical access to the eNodeB, any intruder could intercept, modify or inject traffic into the network.  If this situation arises, it would be possible to manipulate all the user information and signaling between the base station. And the Serving Gateway or also between the different base stations.

The mentioned clause of the previous document establishes the mechanisms of confidentiality, integrity, and anti-replica to be used in them that not all operators comply with.  What should be common in all the security plans of this specification is the use of the IPsec protocol in tunnel mode using ESP (Encapsulation Security Payload).

And also the use of authentication with IKEv2 (Internet Key Exchange) with certificates. The discussion is that the 3GPP standard, which is the body with the most weight in the regulations and standards of mobile telephony, leaves this condition as optional. Due to this is that for reasons of costs, in general, it is not being fulfilled strict.

43% of its users are using less or no public Wi-Fi hotspots since they moved to 4G technology.  In addition, they use less the broadband connection from home.  26% of these LTE subscribers spend more than three hours a day connected.  And a good part of this time is spent on video consumption.

#13. What are the differences between E, GPRS, 3G, 4G, 5G and those other networks that your cell phone connects to (and how do they affect your internet connection)?

Having the internet on your cell phone has become an imperative.  We no longer have enough to surf the net. We want to make video calls and watch live broadcasts at the highest possible speed (and without interruptions). The first mobile phones were only used to make calls and send text messages.  They were analog phones of the first generation (1G), which saw the world in the 1980s. Ten years later the 2G would arrive, which would make possible the great leap to the Internet: the so-called “digital telephony”.

The users demanded increasing speeds. And in the search for the ultra-fast connection, 4G mobile telephony was born. But how is 4G different from 3G?  And of the GPRS?  And what do the letters E and H, which sometimes appear on the screen of your cell phone, mean?

#14. GSM vs GPRS

GSM stands for Global System for Mobile communications and is a type of network that is used for mobile voice and data transmission. It is the most widely used digital mobile technology in the world and is available in a wide variety of phones (according to the official data of the GSM Association, in 82% of the world terminals). But its bandwidth is slow and can sometimes cause electronic interference.

GPRS means General Packet Radio Service (general service of packets via radio) and is an improved extension of GSM. It allows instant messaging, short message (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) and email services and that we are always connected, among other things. It provides complete wireless coverage and transfer speeds between 56 to 114 kbps (kilobits per second).  For example, it allows us to send 30 SMS per minute, while with GSM we can send between 6 and 10.

But it is not the fastest. As explained by the specialists of the publication PC Advisor, the GPRS would be equivalent to asking your old neighbor to send your mail.

#15. EDGE or EGPRS, an enhanced GPRS

When the letter E appears on your cell phone screen, it means that your terminal is connected to the EDGE service or EGPRS. An acronym in English of Enhanced Data Rates for GSM of Evolution or Enhanced GPRS. It can reach speeds of up to 384 kbps and receive heavy mobile data. Such as large e-mail attachments or browse complex web pages at high speed.

EDGE technology acts as a bridge between 2G and 3G networks and can work in any network with GPRS. And has been updated through the activation of optional software. If you can not connect to 3G, you can do it to this network and navigate faster.  It means, therefore, that when your cell phone connects to this network it is because it does not have access to 3G or 4G.

But, in any case, the connection is much faster than GPRS. In this case, who delivered the mail would be the grandson of your neighbor.  Without a doubt, much faster and with more energy.

#16. 3G: a great leap to reduce the gap

This mobile network, which at one time was thought to be just for talking, today can help to narrow the information gap. It had seen the light for the first time in the world in the year 2001.

The aim of 3G was to facilitate the transfer of multimedia files, permanent wireless connectivity and a speed up to seven times faster than the standard telephone connection. It also offers more stability and security for the user than the 2G, which used GSM transmission.

It is more sophisticated than EDGE technology and is an improvement over it.  You can load a complex web in 10 seconds, doubling or even tripling the speed of EDGE. Indeed, with the arrival of 3G, the transmission speed took a great leap, reaching speeds of up to 2 Mbps (megabits per second). But soon new advances would arrive that would allow, above all, an even greater speed of navigation.

#17. H and H +: ultra-fast 3G

When an H appears on our screens, it means that we are connected to an HSDPA network or High-Speed ​​Downlink Packet Access (high-speed packet up access). This type of connection is also known as 3.5G, 3G + or Turbo3G and can reach speeds of 14 Mbps in optimal conditions.

It is, in short, optimization of UMTS technology that uses 3G. And the evolution of it, without reaching the fastest speed so far, which would be the 4G.

#18. 4G or LTE: speed and quality

The 4G technology, also called LET, is the fastest developed to date.  But it is not yet a global reality and not all terminals or all SIM cards are compatible with it. A 2015 report by the international consultancy OpenSignal revealed that while in some nations it is perfectly established, in others it does not go beyond a state of adolescence.

According to the International Union of Communications (UIC), so that technology can be labeled as “4G”. The maximum data transmission speeds must be 100 megabytes in motion and 1 gigabit at rest. The 4G connection is based on the convergence of wireless networks and cables, explains the telephone company Movistar.  According to the mobile telephony operator, 4G connections maintain a high-security service quality that allows us to offer services of any kind at any time, anywhere, at the lowest possible cost.

This type of connection is equivalent to the ADSL of a fixed line in a home.  And it is between five and 10 times faster than 3G, making it more difficult for you to fall your Internet connection. In this case, it would be tantamount to hiring a fast courier service to send your mail. All an advance.  But the generation that will succeed him will be even better.

#19. 5G: the future is here

The 5G network is the future, but companies like Samsung and other technological giants are already developing it. It is expected to reach speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.  And that would make it no less than 100 times faster than 4G. If this becomes a reality, we can download movies on our computer in just a second. But to know it we will have to wait until the year 2020.

What would it be?

Well, as PC Advisor points out, it could be said that 5G would be like sending your correspondence through high-speed drones.  What will be next?

#20. 4G in Nepal

Nepal was not far behind while launching the 4G network. People were expecting eagerly for the launch of this highest speed internet.

Nepal telecom was the first telecom to use the 4G service in Nepal in 2017. Ncell a private company was not far behind, however. It also launches 4G after five months. Currently, the Ncell has extended it’s 4G services to more than 21 cities and still testing to extend it’s services to all the districts of Nepal. In Nepal, 1.86 million are 4G subscribers among which 1.19 million are using Ncell services.

#21. Activation of 4G services in Ncell

It’s not difficult to activate the 4G service in your Ncell SIM. The latest SIM of Ncell is all 4G compatible. But the older ones are not compatible for which you need to follow a simple procedure. You need to have 4G compatible mobile and change your SIM to USIM(4G) with just RS.1.

Visit your nearest Ncell center with your identification documents. Rest they will do what needed to be done. Your SIM will be changed with the same number. For activation of 4G, Ncell offers some free package initially as well. Such as it gives 1GB free data which is valid for 3 days. Also, it gives one month of free music streaming in yonder app. 

#22. Ncell call rates and recharge

With Ncell SIM you can call all over the nation at one cost. You can also call international numbers at low rates. Ncell networks  you to call any Ncell numbers or any other numbers of other networks. When you call from Ncell to Ncell numbers, it will cost you RS. 2.54 per minute.

If you call from Ncell to my 5 number, it will cost you RS. 1.26 per minute. And if you activate the night tariff pack by dialing “1006#, you can call any Ncell number at RS. 0.88 per minute. When you call from Ncell number to the numbers of other networks it will cost you the same rate. So with Ncell, you can call all the numbers at the same rate. For night tariff, you can call from 10 pm to 6 am.

#23. My 5 numbers

My 5 is a group that you can create in Ncell network with Ncell numbers of your favorite persons whom you like to talk freely without worrying about the call tariffs. When you activate this service, you can call the added five mobile numbers at just 99 Paisa per minute. Steps to follow to activate this service in your phone:

  •  Dial 5599 and follow the instructions as given and add a number in my 5 group
  • To activate the five numbers, dial 5599 or *5599# and press 1
  • To add numbers, dial 5599 or *5599# and press 2
  • To modify numbers in the group, dial 5599 or *5599# and press 3
  • To delete numbers in the group, dial 5599 or *5599# and press 4
  • To know the list of numbers in your group, dial 5599 or *5599# and press 5
  • To deactivate the service, dial 5599 or *5599# and press 6
  • This is the autorenewal service that is as soon as your service is expired it will be automatically renewed and activated by deducting the price from your main balance
  • Addition, modifications ns deletion of the numbers in the group cost you RS. 5 and RS 20 per month will be charged for the service activated.
  • If you want this service only for one month, you can dial 5588 and then follow the instructions as given

#25. Voice packs

When you call from Ncell to Ncell number directly at any time, it costs you a lot and you cannot talk freely without worrying how much time has been spent. Therefore, Ncell has introduced several voice packs which you can choose from according to your preference. With these voice packs, you can talk up to 7 Paisa per.minute at night and unlimited at daytime. With the activation of the voice packs, you can talk to any Ncell numbers at a reasonable rate. You only have to consider the time and validity period which you have activated.

The voice packs that are available are:

  • Daily voice packs with 24 hours validity in which it costs you RS.11.49 for 12 minutes and RS.15.32 for 22 minutes. It is valid for one day.
  • Daily 3 day packs in which it costs you RS.31.92 for 55 minutes valid for three days from the date of activation.
  • Weekly voice packs in which it costs you RS.62.57 for 75 minutes, RS. 71.51 for 125 minutes valid for 7 days from the date of activation
  • 30 days voice pack in which it costs you RS. 204.3 for 425 minutes, RS. 306.46 for 720 minutes valid for thirty days from.the date of activation
  • Time-based day voice pack in which you can call from 5 am to 5 pm. It costs you RS. 8.94 for 35 minutes, unlimited day voice pack in which you can call at RS.15.32 for 720 minutes. These are valid for 24 hours from the date of activation.
  • Night time voice pack in which you can call from 10 pm to 6 am at RS 8.94 for 120 minutes.
  • To inquire for the remaining voice minutes and the expiration time, you can simply type S and send it to 17118
  • To activate these voice packs, you can simply dial 17118 or *17118# and read the options given. Then type 1, 2,3,4, etc choosing the offer you prefer the most.             

#26. Recharge in Ncell

Ncell SIM can be recharged with minimum RS 10 to any amount you like. You can recharge the Ncell number either by using the recharge card which is available in any shop. You can recharge your Ncell number online or by using erecharge.

Recharge with recharge card

  • Dial *102# or *902# pin number of card# and press call button
  • Dial 90012 and enter the pin number of your recharge card or type pin number and send it to 90012

Online recharge: Your Ncell number can be recharged anytime anyplace using your debit or credit card number via the internet which is called online recharge. The steps you need to follow are:

  • First, open your browser and type payment.ncell.axiata.com
  • Then enter your mobile number and select the amount you want to recharge your number with
  • Press continue payment button and click on I am not a robot box
  • It will ask you to verify, just follow the process
  • Verify your payment details and click on pay now button
  • Enter your card details such as card number, expiry date, and CVV code. The card number and expiry date are placed in front of your cars and the CVV code is the 3 digit code present at the back of your card.
  • Your number will be recharged. It’s needless to say you can recharge your friends and family numbers with this procedure.
  • International credit cards can also be used for recharging the Ncell number.
  • The credit cards, debit cards, and international cards can be used if they have online transaction service enabled.
  • The other option is recharging the number via various apps that have been developed as an electronic pocket or electronic payment. There are applications such as esewa, esubidha, ime, etc which enables you to recharge your Ncell number with your desired amount.
  • Just open the app, click on Ncell icon, enter cell number which you want to recharge, enter the amount.
  • Your app needs to have the required balance though.

#27. Balance transfer to other ncell numbers

This option helps you to transfer your balance to other ncell numbers of your family and friends in case of any emergency. Or when there is no shops or internet available. The only thing you need is enough main balance in your number. Dial *17122*mobile number in which you want the amount to be transferred*amount desired to be transferred#. Then pop up will be displayed in which you can type 1 if you want to transfer the balance and send. RS.1.28 will be deducted as the service charge and you have to transfer minimum RS.10.

#28. How to check your Ncell number?

Today we use more than one mobile number due to the easy availability of the SIM and dut to the business of work. Having two or more SIMS is common nowadays because mobile devices have also been available in the market which permits you to use more than one SIM. It’s helpful as well when the network is busy in one SIM, you can use the other.

However, it may be confusing at times and difficult for you to remember your own number. In such a case, you can dial *103# or *903# on your phone. It will simply display your number, the tariff plan you have chosen, the age of your SIM and activation aye of your SIM.

#28. View your call details in Ncell

Sometimes accidentally or in order to free up some memory of our phone, we delete the call logs and history of our phone. We forget to save the number of persons who have called us. What to do in such case? Well, Ncell has solved that problem too. It has developed the Ncell app from which you can easily view your call details, records, SMS, data usage, of desired time.

You can even recharge your number via this app. Simply download the Ncell app from Google app or app store. Install the app and click open. Click call history or click on the menu under account if you cannot see in front of the app. Select the date from and to of which you desire to view the call details. Click view, you will be given the pin number. Put the given pin number and you will obtain call/SMS and data usage records with cost of service.

#29. Ncell Customer care:

Ncell has a dedicated team of staffs who are appointed to provide its customers with any assistance they require. Or to answer their queries and solve any of your problems and give you all your required information. You can dial 9005 from Ncell or 9809005000 from other numbers. You will be connected with the customer care service of Ncell. Every month first 30 calls are free and after 30 calls, the standard charge will.be applied for every call.   

#30. Controversy of Ncell

Three years back, after the sale of shares of Ncell owner Company, the dispute related to the payment of taxes has not been done even after the Supreme Court order. But it is tending to be more controversial instead.

On Chaitra 29, 2072 the Telia Sonera Norway sold it’s company Reynolds Holdings to Axiata investment company the UK. Reynolds has 80% share of Ncell which was purchased by Axiata Berhad company of Malaysia from Telia Sonera company of Sweden. But here is why it is important to mention the name of the mediator company Axiata investment registered in the UK. And this company is likely to add complexity to Ncell’s tax dispute in the coming days.

Basically, the problem arose when the sale and purchase of different company shown on paper. And the modification of ncells owner which then arises the tax dispute in Nepal. The first dispute was to determine whether Nepal had the right to capital benefits tax on transactions that took place in a foreign land. If so, who has the obligation to pay such tax?

On Magh 23, 2075 the Supreme Court of Nepal solve the dispute saying that Nepal has the right on capital benefits tax. And that the Ncell and its owner company Axiata Berhad of Malaysia have to pay the taxes owing to Nepal. After this decision of the court, it was expected from ncell that it would clear all its taxes. However, Ncell saying the taxes that are determined for the Ncell to pay are much higher and illegal have again filed its case in the court.

Ncell has already paid the advance tax of about 21 hundred million and the fine of 2 hu free million to Nepal. It still has to pay about 39 hundred million of tax. However, the company is saying the amount of tax that it has to pay is about 14 hundred million.

The company has also taken its case to the mediator company Axiata investment of UK.

It seems that the tax dispute that has happened with Ncell is not going to be solved soon. It’s the first case where the company with the foreign investors have registered the case in the Supreme Court against the Nepal government.

Ncell has to pay the taxes that it owes to the government of Nepal. After all, it has been profiting through the millions of Nepalese customers who have not only been using the Ncell SIM for calling or text messaging. But also for the internet, Facebook, youtube, etc. And you have to admit that the data packs of the Ncell are quite expensive.

You take data pack of certain MB and you never know where those data flew away after 20 or 30 minutes. Especially, if you use Android or iPhone. Even the charges for the local calls and messages are higher than NTC. But still, people are preferring Ncell because the service it provides is faster than those of NTC.

Author: Ankur Pradhan, Anil Sharma

Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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