Ncell’s plan to increase its 4G coverage in Nepal is taking a new stride as the company is now gradually shifting its 4G LTE operation to the 900MHz frequency band. Earlier, the company had got permission to operate under the 900MHz and 2100MHz for 4G and 3G networks respectively. Now, it has enabled the 900MHz band for 4G LTE.
The Ncell 4G LTE under 900MHz is currently running in select regions of Nepal, as per some reports. The 900MHz is a low-frequency band with much more penetration power, thus helpful for cities with huge buildings and infrastructures.
On top of that, being a low-frequency band it has 30-40% better distance coverage as opposed to the 1800MHz band. This eradicates the need for a higher number of base stations per region. And since the 900MHz band is tech neutral, Ncell can further build upon its usage in the future to 5G networks as well.
Although the 900MHz band is available in select regions, once Ncell expands its reach to more cities of Nepal, the company can make use of carrier aggregation between it and the 1800MHz band to boost the capacity of the network and basically get higher internet speed.