How fast is the internet in Nepal

Internet while traveling - Reality Check

There is one thing with the internet when traveling, i.e. mobile data. There is more and more free WiFi, no matter in which country. However, these are often slow and generally unsafe.

I remember well the one day at the campsite in Australia. At check-in, the lady from the campsite gave us the code for the WiFi and said: 500MB per day. I asked her: 500? Then she said: yeah, quite a lot. Much? 500MB? On average we need 2.5GB per day. Accordingly, free WiFi is hardly an option for us. That's why we have the GlocalMe G2 (* Amazon Affiliate Link) with us. A mobile hotspot that can handle three SIM cards, one virtual SIM and two local SIM cards. The perfect solution for securing the internet while traveling.

The GlocalMe G2 in the front view.

Internet while traveling: Always receive data thanks to the virtual SIM card

The great advantage of the virtual SIM card is that it works everywhere. Depending on the country, the G2 automatically generates a SIM card from the provider that has the best telephone or data reception. All you have to do in advance is purchase a local data package. For example, 2GB for Southeast Asia. Then you can move around, for example, in Thailand, Myanmar and Laos and always have cell phone reception. The data package for the virtual SIM is not cheap at around 30 dollars. That is why we mainly rely on local SIM cards to secure our internet while traveling.

Local SIM cards - cheap and fast

On our trip around the world we learned to love them, local SIM cards. They are an inexpensive alternative to the virtual SIM card, especially if, like us, you need a lot of data. We buy two local SIM cards in each country in order to be flexible and also to have cell phone reception if a provider in a region does not have enough network coverage. Below we list the countries and providers as traveled and used by us.

Peru - Everything Claro

In Peru, we rely on the provider Claro. The big advantage is that you can get a SIM card for less than one euro and you don't have to register. In addition, you get a lot of data for your money, decent speed and very good network coverage. Movistar is recommended as a second card. Movistar is a little more expensive than Claro but still offers cell phone reception, especially in remote regions.

Chile - Claro and Movistar

In Chile the same network providers cavort as in Peru, only the prices vary. Chile is a little more expensive, regardless of whether it is Claro or Movistar. Movistar is also more expensive than Claro in Chile, and here too Movistar offers more cell phone reception than Claro in remote areas.

Australia - Telstra beats them all

If you land in Adelaide and get a SIM card at the airport, you will receive one from Vodafone. Not a bad choice, especially for people who need a lot of data. Vodafone offers many bonus data packages. Sometimes we charged 10GB and got another 5GB for free. Registration is quick and easy online. The recharge can be done conveniently online. The problem with Vodafone, however, is that coverage in remote regions is not particularly good. On Kangaroo Island in particular, there is almost no cell phone reception with Vodafone. This is where Telstra comes in.

Telstra is Australia's number one provider and, all in all, delivers the best cell phone coverage. Telstra is also registered online and recharged. We have had good experiences with the combination of Vodafone and Telstra - and we used almost 100GB in four weeks. By the way, the support from both providers is first class. When registering Telstra, it is simply important to give your name in accordance with your passport, i.e. with all your first names. I didn't do this and therefore it took longer to register the SIM card.

Bali - XL and Telkomsel

Bali also offers a wide range of network providers. We have relied on the two providers XL and Telkomsel. XL is a little cheaper, but Telkomsel almost always has network reception. The combination has paid off for us.

Malaysia - Hotlink and Digi

If you land in Kuala Lumpur, you are spoiled for choice. All telephone providers are close to the baggage claim area. They are all right next to each other. We bet on Hotlink and Digi. Both are very good in terms of coverage and speed. Both don’t give each other much when it comes to prices. Depending on the package, one or the other provider is cheaper.

Myanmar MPT and Telenor

Myanmar has a large number of telephone providers. The locals swear by MPT. MPT works with Siemens and offers super fast internet at fair prices. The coverage is very good and you can top up your credit online.

Telenor is also good. In some regions Telenor even offers slightly better network reception than MPT. The prices are about the same. Thus, the perfect combination to ensure the Internet while traveling.

There is also Ooredoo. We can only recommend this provider if no nano SIM card is required. Ooredoo only supplies SIM cards up to micro size. There is no smaller. At least we didn't find a smaller one. Our hotspot assumes Micro, so we also had these cards in use, but mainly rely on MPT and Telenor.

Nepal Ncell and Nepal Telecom

In Nepal the situation is like in so many other countries. A network provider alone is not enough to have a network everywhere. In general, the two providers Ncell and Nepal Telecom are recommended. Ncell is a private company and Nepal Telecom is a state-owned company. Ncell offers fast mobile internet especially in big cities like Kathmandu. In remote areas and when trekking, Nepal Telecom is king. The state provider lets the service cost something and is almost twice as expensive as Ncell. The procedure for purchasing SIM cards has been just as laborious for both providers since December 2017. In order to take action against online fraudsters in the e-banking area, it is necessary to fill out a registration form and also hand in a passport photo when purchasing. In addition, the companies take the buyer's fingerprints.

Namibia MTC and TN Mobile

TN Mobile is the cheaper provider of both. While both have good network coverage in the larger cities, TN Mobile has no network at all outside of it. MTC offer at least a bad 3G network. You can easily get the SIM cards at the airport in Windhoek. The data packages from MTC, however, are not cheap. However, due to the lack of cell phone reception, we do not recommend solving too much GB. The map below shows what network coverage looks like.

A map with the coverage of the mobile data in Namibia.

South Africa with Vodacome

Vodacome worked reliably in South Africa. However, you shouldn't buy the SIM card at the airport in Cape Town, but in the city, because the price difference is huge. You pay around $ 10 at the airport. In the city you can get the same SIM card for just a fraction. When I got it right in my head for around $ 2.

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