There can be many types of VAS Services. VAS can be even be on Voice Calls or on SMS or any other services normally provided by a Telecommunication Company.
SMS VAS is the VAS for Short Messaging Service provided by telecommunications. You can see Four/Five digit numbers like 5001, 6001, 52525 etc. These numbers are called Shortcodes and generally represent VAS service for SMS.
In Nepal there are three major telecommunication service providers. However, regional providers like Satellite Telecom Ltd, also do exist.
The three major telecom providers namely, Nepal Telecom, Spice Nepal Pvt. Ltd, and United Telecom Limited have outreach throughout the country, and as per the current status VAS is provided targeting subscribers from these networks.
Companies/Firms providing shortcode services are VAS providers. According to current scenario in Nepal, Nepal Telecom does not provide any new VAS Provider contract directly. Tenders for the VAS Provider has already been made and selection is done. The list of VAS providers from Nepal Telecom can be seen on this page - http://www.ntc.net.np/mobile/mob_services_VAS_details.php
However, other providers do provide new contracts as VAS providers to any business willing to be into the VAS provider's list.
How to get shortnumbers for your business ?
A Business, Small Office, Large Corporate Houses, etc... anyone may apply for VAS solutions in the country. General VAS Trends in the country are
- Voting Campaigns and
1. Voting Campaigns are run to receive public Verdict on any issue/topic/tv-programme/public-opinion etc.
2. Info-On-Demand services are to receive Information on any subject. Example, if one says type INFO VISA and send to 5001, then it may be something like seeking on Demand Information for VISA.
ShortNumbers provided till date by Nepal Telecom - http://www.ntc.net.np/mobile/mob_services_VAS.php
VAS Providers contracted to Nepal Telecom - http://www.ntc.net.np/mobile/mob_services_VAS_details.php
To Apply for VAS Service, one has to make clear on the purpose of the service, if the application is for a new shortcode number.
However if the nubmer is already reserved by some VAS Solutions Providers, then one can contact those providers and request for the service they are willing to.
Services other than General Voting and Info On Demand Campaigns
Other services can also be seen in practice here in the country. Some of them are - Trivia Campaigns, Games like Ooltaboole, SMS Daily Jackpots, Email by SMS, etc.
SLC, +2 Results
These days SLC and +2 Results delivery via SMS is a major hyped practice in country other than Voting Campaigns. Some common shortcodes used for SLC, +2 Results are - 5001, 2722 etc.
General Cost per SMS
General Cost per SMS for VAS applicable to the subscribers is Rs 5/- , Rs 3/- Rs 2/-.
Whom to contact if one needs VAS for his business?
Find any VAS provider in the list http://www.ntc.net.np/mobile/mob_services_VAS_details.php and have a counseling on taking VAS for your business,
Some other popular brands in VAS Marketplace are