Nepal’s Telecommunication Operators and their services have always been upsetting, making us pay more than we ought to. Every time a user rushes to hang up the phone and save some money, the call cost is still the same. Recalling an event, I had to pay Rs 0.82 regardless of the fact that I had talked with my mom for only 7 seconds. The price for 7 seconds was being charged as equivalent to 20 seconds.
So have we been paying more?
Yep, the telecom operators have been charging for the pulse rate of 20 seconds. For instance, any call with duration less than 20 seconds is charged as equivalent to a 20-second call. As a result, the consumers pay more money.
What is a pulse rate?
Pulse rate is charge rate per certain unit of time of a mobile call. For example, the pulse rate in Nepal is 20 seconds i.e. the telecom operators charge money for calls made in blocks of 20 seconds rather than exact call duration. At this pulse rate, Nepal’s telecom operators earn millions of rupees every year.
Amidst the telecom operators in Nepal, Ncell and NTC have been profiting the most. Time and again the issue of decrease in pulse rate had been raised but ignored. However, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) has decided to decrease the pulse rate of a mobile call.
When will the new pulse rate be effective?
NTA will implement the decreased pulse rate starting Baisakh 1. It will be implemented for all telecom operators, including Ncell and NTC.
NTA plans to decrease the pulse rate by 10 seconds starting from the first of Baisakh, 2074. After Baisakh 1, calls will be charged as equivalent to 10-second calls instead of 20-second calls and International calls will have one pulse equivalent to 30 seconds. With the new pulse rate in effect, customers will pay less than they have been.
After six months i.e. first of Kartik, 2074, NTA will modify the pulse rate once again and the customers will be charged only for the seconds they have used (i.e. 1 second pulse for domestic calls, and 10 seconds pulse for international calls).
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