2 8/15/2011GreetingsNamaskarFirst of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to theinnovative team of EIC for organizing such a timely interactionprogram in our region. If I am not mistaken, I guess this is the firsttime that such interaction program has been conducted inPurbanchal region.Based on my nine years of experience in Worldlink Purbanchal, Ihave come across many ups and downs and have been learning thegrowth patterns of ICT development in Purbanchal. I am sure thatthe august gathering here is well known about the transformationfrom IT (Information Technology) to ICT (Information andCommunication Technology). We all are very well acquainted with theusefulness of ICT ranging from personal usage to the goodgovernance.
3 8/15/2011A I have stated earlier, I will be sharing my experience today with syou all, who are participating from different sector of professionalinstitutions.I will also take this opportunity to share few of the Internetdevelopment benchmarks in Nepal.
4 8/15/2011Major milestones. The e-mail services provided by Royal Nepal A cademy for Science and Technology (RONA can be regarded as the first instance of ST) the use of Information technology in Nepal. Establishment of first ISP in J une 1 994. Establishment of Worldlink in late 1 995. Formulation of the Telecommunications A in J ct anuary 1 997. Formation of Nepal Telecommunication A uthority in 2008. NTA is the regulator of telecommunication services in Nepal. Formulation of IT Policy 2000.
5 8/15/2011 National Information Technology Center (NICT) formed as ICT implementation body. Start of Wireless Internet Service (64kbps+) in 2003. High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT) established. Formulation of New Telecommunications Policy 2004. Registration of Cable Internet Service Providers 2004. Electronic Transaction and Digital Signature A 2004. ctA DSL Technology introduced in 2008. Now almost all 75 districts have been covered by Internet services via wireless or wired technologies.
9 8/15/2011IS Ps in PurbanchalBCN (Closed)WorldlinkCworld (Closed)NNSSubisuBroadlink
10 8/15/2011WorldLink Purbanchal Established in 1 997. Quality services based on the state-of-the-art technologies Though second ISP in the region, our valued customer has madeus the ISP with highest number of customers. We have extended our services in almost all districts ofPurbanchal including Namche Bazaar (one of the most rural areas). Customized services at an affordable costs including dataconnectivity, wired and wireless solutions, Internet telephony services,office automation system and web hosting/ designing.
11 8/15/2011WorldLink PurbanchalInternet users a. Dial up : 200 b. Wireless : 2500 c. Fiber : 1 50 d. WorldCall : 200Comparison Data:Year User2009 800201 0 1 800Aug’2011 3000
12 8/15/2011Hindrances to Growth of Internet: No timely rules and regulations. We are still working under the A which was designed a decade ago whereas technology is ct changing rapidly. Case study of wi-max. World is talking about L TE (4G solutions) now but we are still struggling for wi-max solutions. Need of best telecomm and energy infrastructure Low-cost infrastructure solutions at clients end including wireless devices. I have focused on wireless as its one of the most viable solutions when we think of urban, peri-urban and rural connectivity. Technology must be community driven; not an imposed solution for the community. A community must seek the services for ny their own benefit.
13 8/15/2011 Language barrier -- Need the localized content. Most of the contents are in English language so due to poor rate of literacy, people are hesitant to take full advantage of Internet solutions. However, few applications which does not require much language skill like chat and telephony is gaining much popularity.A ffordable Internet connection. Rate can still be revised if government takes the taxation issues seriously. We are paying 6% tax on total revenue apart from other taxes and duties. Tax subsidy for devices to be used in Internet services. Strong need of PPP (public-private partnership) model to proliferate Internet services at V levels. This will not only encourage the DC private sector, but also plays a key role in infrastructure development for much talked e-governance solutions.
14 8/15/2011Opportunities We still have lots of opportunities here. So far, Internet servicesand solutions are subscribed widely by commercial institutions only.We still have scope at retail market. Local data connectivity market where two offices at differentlocations can be connected and be used for information andcommunication purposes. We still have raw market to serve. So, we must provide qualityservice and compete with good technology rather than creatingunhealthy "price-war" situations.
15 8/15/2011Conclusion:Even though we have achieved different milestones pertaining ICTdevelopment, we can still do much better if we can aware people-at-large on the usefulness of ICT in our region. This will also helpto bridge the digital gap between "informed" and "uninformed"people.In other case, further enhancement and expansion of Internetfacilities, infrastructure development must be given top priority. Withthe rough estimation of 35 percent increment in users, promotion ofInternet services entails that infrastructure development must bepaid due attention. Moreover, policies that are supportive andencouraging should be formulated and promptly implemented.
16 8/15/2011I really take it as a challenge as the dense population of Purbanchal can not bereached one to one. So with the huge support of different sources of media likenewspaper, magazine, radio, television, we can be the "informed society".EIC have initiated it via a FM program on BFM and ICT magazine “Living with ICT”.This is really an impressive step put forward.The best medium to enhance the ICT is upcoming generation is to compulsory theeducation of IT and ICT at all levels of education.In order to meet the challenges, we the corporate houses, Financial Institutions,Government bodies and Educational System have to move forward together.Me and my team are available for the development of ICT in Purbanchal, wherever andwhenever required.THA Y NK OU