Nepal


“E-content in Nepal should be a community programme”

How would you define e-content in Nepal?

By making Nepalese contents in Nepali and other languages including English in digital format to be made available through different media or networks. E-content in Nepal should be a community programme to stimulate the development and use of Nepalese digital content on the global networks and to promote linguistic diversity in the information society

“NepalNet.net made a significant initiative to bring more than 34 NGOs to a single forum to create e-content”

What’s the status of e-content in Nepal?

In 2005, Nepal’s e-readiness was 1.73 at the scale of 1 to 9. Not much has changed since then except significant increase in the mobile phone users. Having a small .np domain websites that too in English it is difficult to say about the status of e-content in Nepal. But there is certainly sign of development in terms of digitization of information which are uploaded on the web. Specifically sectors like travel and tourism, journalism and media, have developed e-contents significantly over the years.

Which area of e-content (e-health, e-biz, e-culture, e-government, e-entertainment, e-learning, e-science, and e-inclusion) is best developed in Nepal?

E-entertainment, e-business and e-tourism could be leading the flock. Like cybernepal.com, many like muncha, plenty in e-tourism like thamel.com, hotels, trekking etc. Even e-portals for news like nepalnews, kantipuronline, newsofnepal are creating a lot of content. Nepal has an advantage of being a Himalayan country which is a great reason for lots of tourism. In fact, Kathmandu is always fully crowded with foreign nationals who come for tourism purposes and they all have some way or the other link to connect to Nepal for booking purposes. Therefore, apparently e-tourism could be one of the best in Nepal even in comparison to any other developed countries.

Which sector (business, private sector, government or civil society) in Nepal is advance in developing e-content?

Business and private sector come first followed by civil society and government. FM radio organizations are good example of e-content development. Perhaps, Nepal has world’s second highest number of FM radio stations and all of them are making sustainable money. 50 odd radio FM stations serve extremely well the oral but economically impoverished society of Nepal.

What major initiatives have influenced the development of e-content in Nepal?

NepalNet.net made a significant initiative to bring more than 34 NGOs to a single forum to create e-content. Similarly, NepalNews is a portal which created a niche not only for itself but for the media in Nepal as a whole. FM radios of course have a huge impact on in Nepal.

What are the major bottlenecks in the path of e-content development in Nepal?

• Content is in amazingly short supply especially in local languages. Gap between connectivity and technical capacity on the one hand, and content on the other, keeps growing even vast.
• Technology: lack of affordable local language solutions.
• Majority of people live below poverty line.
• Illiteracy
• Poor planning and infrastructure
• Lack of vision

What’s the future of e-content in Nepal?

Excellent future as new generation will be educated.

Which is the most preferred medium for e-content production in Nepal?

Radio FM is the most widespread medium for the information dissemination and consumption. It is also one of the sustainable media businesses. Many of the radio FM stations are extremely interactive and cater to the social needs of the society. Satellite radio like WorldSpace is slowly catching up.

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