Ncell has been declared the winner of the prestigious Telecom Asia Awards 2017 for implementing the Most Innovative Telecom Project in Asia Pacific.
Under the initiative, Ncell collaborated with local microgrid operator Gham Power to support each other in connecting the unconnected off-grid communities of Khotang and Udaypur districts with mobile and energy services, granting access to 31 VDCs with Ncell mobile network.
The surplus capacity of the microgrid has also contributed in the electrification of communities to create new economic opportunities and social benefits for the local people, enabling small and medium enterprises such as electric grinding mills, computer centres, restaurants and petrol pump to start businesses and create jobs at the local level. The project has also enabled children to read and write for long hours in the evening without using kerosene lamps which have an adverse impact on health due to smoke.
Ncell’s Corporate Communications Director Sanju Koirala received the award amid a gala event of 20th Telecom Asia Awards organised in Malaysia, on Wednesday. Simon Perkins, the managing director of Ncell said, “We are delighted that our effort to connect the unconnected and fulfil dynamic connectivity need of off-grid communities has won the international awards. The win is testament to Ncell’s exemplary works and commitment towards socio-economic advancement of the country,”
Telecom Asia Award, organised by Telecom Asia-Asia’s largest regional telecom publishing group-every year rewards innovative and outstanding performance by Asian service providers and industry executives.