Internet & SIM Card in Nepal

The use of internet is growing rapidly in Nepal although only about 9% of Nepal’s population used internet back in 2011. It has almost become a basic service in the lives of the Nepalese people.

The cellular or mobile coverage is one of the chief drivers of the internet connectivity and its usage. Cyber cafes used to be important sources of internet access for Nepalese people as well as foreign visitors few years back, but these cafes are not very much popular in recent times. The cheapest ISP in Nepal as of 2020 is NT FTTH and NT ADSL. While the former is very quick and available in certain areas only, the latter one is comparatively slower and available almost everywhere. 

Internet Service Providers In Nepal

  • Websurfer
  • Eastlink
  • Cherry World
  • Classic Tech
  • Himalayan Online
  • Net Max
  • Arrownet
  • Sky Broadband
  • Ultranet Communication
  • Worldlink
  • Infocom
  • Mercantile
  • Subisu
  • Vianet
  • Broadlink
  • Loop Networks
  • IBSS

SIM Card In Nepal

It is a smart idea to pick up a local SIM card when you are in Nepal so that you remain connected with your family and friends back home. You will require an unlocked phone set, tablet or iPad and of course a pre-paid SIM to make calls or connect to internet. NTC and NCell are the two main carriers that provide telephone as well as mobile internet services. NTC is considered to be a bit slower at specific areas but has greater coverage in the mountains. Likewise, NCell is faster and easier to set up for foreign travelers.

If you are planning to trek in Nepal, it is advisable to consider an NTC SIM card, which may not be as widely available as with NCell, but it isn’t too hard to find one either! It is possible to buy SIM cards when you arrive at the International Airport from either of the two main vendors or ask your hotel to assist you in getting one. To purchase a SIM card, you need to provide one passport-sized photo and your physical passport. The retailer will make a photocopy of your passport identity page and Nepalese visa after which you will need to fill out a short form. Once the process is complete, your card will be activated immediately whereupon you need to top up or recharge your card with as much credit as you need.

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