Mobile subscribers in Bhutan have been frustrated with the 3G mobile network speed. The speed at which mobile data loads are comparatively lower in populated towns like Thimphu, Phuntsholing and Gelephu. To reduce this problem, Bhutan Telecom Ltd has invested Nu.7 millions in starting 3G wifi off-load. And this project is in trial phase.
What is a wifi off-load? It’s a system of creating new wifi hotspots and then when the mobile data traffics are congested and cannot load faster, mobile phones are provided with another option of getting connected with a wifi hotspot. It’ll relieve the traffic congestion of mobile data network.
This means the mobile phones that support wifi connection will have two choices-1) normal mobile network and 2) wifi hotspot. The phones will get connected to the network having better signals.
3G off-load hotspots are on trail phase. In this phase, following places in Thimphu have its connectivity:
- Bhutan Postal Corporation Ltd head office area.
- Bhutan National Bank Ltd head office area.
- Thimphu Business Centre (Norzin Lam) area.
- Bank of Bhutan Ltd, Thimphu Branch office area.
- My Mart/City Cinema building area.
- Thimphu National Referral Hospital area.
If you happens to be residents of those premises, you can try availing this facility in your phones. Read the setup instructions here. It is supposed to work in all smart phones.