Rabindra Dhungel, 8 october 2020. WorldLink, Nepal’s largest internet service provider, has said it will provide two hours of free internet daily across the country if it gets the frequency. Dilip Agrawal, chairman and managing director of Express WiFi, made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday. According to him, if the frequency is available, free internet will be provided on each device for two hours daily. Chairman Agrawal said that they have started the free WiFi project in line with the company’s goal of reaching out to lower class users. “We have no interest in voice services,” he said.
The company has also announced to expand free WiFi service to 30,000 places in the country in the next three years. Punit Manandhar, manager of the company’s WiFi project, said that the company’s free WiFi service, which is currently available in 10,000 places, will be further expanded in the coming days. According to him, Facebook’s WiFi has been made available in 7,500 out of 10,000 places where free WiFi is currently available. Managing Director and Chairman of WorldLink Dilip Agrawal informed that Express WiFi will be available free of cost in the coming days as well.
The service is free now, and will be free tomorrow, ‘he said.’ Free means free for a limited time. This service is not a service that can be run all day. The company has stated that the WiFi service has been made safe as per the directive of the regulator. WorldLink has been providing free WiFi based on time and volume. Samit Jan, chief technical officer of the company, expressed confidence that the project would help reduce the digital divide in Nepal.