Tourist Bus with WIFI now in Nepal
Surf Internet while traveling. There is good news for netizens traveling to Kathmandu and Chitwan from Pokhara and vice versa as the tourists´ buses have started providing Wi-Fi services for free. Pokhara based Mountain Overland Tours and Travels have started offering free Wi-Fi Internet service based on Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) technology via Nepal Telecom (NT). The six buses operated by the travels are offering free Wi-Fi services to its passengers inside its buses. “We are providing free internet service to all the passengers, be it locals or foreigners,” said Som Thapa, operator of the bus. Thapa added that the internet service will help passengers stay connected while they travel. “Not only that our buses are so comfortable that they can even carry out their office or personal works in their laptops or other devices while they travel,” Thapa said. The buses use NT´s WiMAX service of 256 Kbps to provide the internet to its passengers throughout the journey. The internet is available in places where there is WiMAX connectivity along the highway. Thapa said that there are some disturbances along the route and in such cases the internet will be reconnected. “Passengers might be bored while traveling long route so they can overcome this boredom by browsing the internet,” Thapa added.
Foreign passengers will be highly benefited from this service, he claimed. “As the foreigners tend to upload pictures in the internet instantly they take during the travel, this service might also help promoting Nepal´s tourism,” Thapa hoped. The bus operators have also arranged power back-up system in order to provide uninterruptible internet connectivity throughout the journey. Rajesh Regmi, sales chief of NT, Pokhara said this service has been provided to the tourist buses from Pokhara for the first time. There are enough base stations along the routes of Pokhara-Kathmandu and Pokhara-Chitwan highway that ensures smooth connectivity. “Except a few places the wimax connection is available in most parts of these highways,” Regmi said, adding that they are also mulling providing similar service in the city buses of Pokhara.
Source: Nepal Tourism Board