Upper Mustang. Photo Courtesy: Wilderness Excursion
September 20: With the availability of high speed internet, folks of Upper Mustang have overcome the hassles in communications. It has ended their compulsion to reach to the district headquarters, Jomsom, for internet connectivity or to seek areas covered by telecommunication towers for conversation using mobile phones.
Locals of Baglung, Muktinath, Loghekar-Damodarkunda and Lo-Manthang are now enjoying smooth communications owing to the improved bandwidth of internet.
Ghamjughuti Gurung, a local of Charang, says that high speed internet has made communications easier within and outside the country and moreover it has eased the students to pursue their online education in the difficult times of coronavirus.
“With the expansion of communications facilities, the lives and lifestyles of geographically remote and distant areas have witnessed a sea change,” said Gurung.
“The internet access has made us able to exchange ideas and make communications far and wide from a closet. It was very difficult when there was poor connectivity,” Gurung added.
Tasi Gurung, a local of Lo-Manthang, shared that the improved internet connectivity has amply helped in facilitating development works, delivering public services and marketing of local products.
“In addition, it has also contributed to the promotion of tourism in the area,” he added. The mobile service has brought unprecedented changes in the lifestyle of the local people, he further informed.
The state-owned Nepal Telecom has expanded its internet service in Thasang, Gharpajhong and Baragung Muktichhetra rural municipality through wire and fiber connectivity.
Senior Engineer of Nepal Telecom’s Baglung section, Keshab Sharma shared that the state-owned telecom company has operated 3G service from Muktinath, Damodarkunda to Korala border checkpoint. --RSS