3G & 4G


Bhutan Telecom Limited launched the trial service for GPRS & EDGE on 5th April 2008 and 3G on 21st April, 2008. The commercial launch was held on 5th May, 2008.

Basic Handset Configuration

    1. Call 1600 or visit any BTL counter and activate 3G on your number
    2. For Android Devices:
      1. Go to network settings on your phone and select mobile networks
      2. Add access point and fill in the details as shown below
        1. Name : Give connection a name (it can be anything): example BTL
        2. APN : internet
        3. Authentication Type : PAP or CHAP
      3. Save the access point and select the access point

Note : The handset configuration might differ depending on model and manufacturer of handset.

Average Speed

The average speed for 3G/GPRS & EDGE are as follows:

  • For GPRS data service, the data speed range is from 30kbps to 40kbps
  • For EDGE data service, the data speed range is from 100kbps to 130 kbps
  • For 3G data service, the data speed range is from 550kbps to 1mbps


Bhutan Telecom’s 4G (LTE) service was launched on the 24th of October, 2013.

LTE was launched in Thimphu, Thimphu being the nation’s one of the most valuable data markets. 4G service operates in 1800 MHz (band 3) with Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) technology. This band was chosen since it is widely adopted by most Southeast Asian Countries which means that dongles and other devices like phones could be easily available in the market. But customers are advised to check with their vendors if their gadgets support this frequency band before availing 4G service. Some examples of gadgets that can support this service are Sony Z, HTC one, Nokia Lumia-920 and iPad mini among others.

4G Locations

4G is available for use in the following locations:

1) Thimphu

Khasarapchu Changjiji DGPC DHI
Termalingka Kuenselphodrang Changlam square Sunshine
IT Park Changzamtok 1 Exchange Lower Motithang
Honda Show Room Changzamtok 2 Dechenphodrang Upper Motithang
RTC Rinchen School Langjophakha VVIP
Simtokha Hospital Taba Pamtsho
NPPF YDF Dechencholing Darina Zilukha
Olakha Thai temple Kabesa Town Near BOD
Lungtenphu Zangtopleri Begana Upper simtokha (On the way to Wangude)

2) Paro

Paro Exchange Woochu
Khangku Ngoba
NIE Bazaar Roof Top
Olathang Lango
Shari Satsam
Shaba Drugyel

3) Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing Exchange YDF
Pasakha Exchange Dantak
CST P/ling town
Omchu Gedu

4) Wangdue

Rinchen Gang
Wangude exchange
Sath kilo

5) Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang
Punakha  Dzong


4G prepaid SIM cards are available at Nu. 100/- with  Nu. 100/- worth talk time.

4G postpaid SIM cards are now also available at Nu. 100/-.

4G customers will be charged NU .0003 per KB at pay-per-use scheme.

4G WiFi Hotspots available at NU 4,800 with free SIM and 3.5 GB Data free for three months.

Get your SIM replaced for free


a) LTE FDD 1800 MHz band

b) UMTS/3G -850 MHz band

c) GSM 900/1800 MHz band

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