China, Nepal Connected by Optical Fiber for First Time

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    China, Nepal Connected by Optical Fiber for First Time

    State-owned Nepal Telecom (NT) announced Saturday that its optical fiber network has been connected with that of the China Telecom Corporation Limited.

    This has ended Nepal’s sole dependence on India for connecting the Himalayan country with global telecom services.

    Nepal Telecom announced last month that it had completed laying the optical fiber to the Rasuwagadhi border point and now fibers of the two countries have been connected.

    The connection now allows Nepal to be directly linked with the Hong Kong Data Center, which is one of the two biggest global data centers in Asia, via the Chinese mainland.

    Following the connection with Chinese optical fiber, Nepal is also now able to purchase internet bandwith with Chinese companies. Currently, Nepalese internet service providers have been purchasing bandwith from companies from India and other countries.

    Meanwhile, Nepal Telecom said it has signed a initial memorandum of understanding with China Unicom, another Chinese telecom operator, for further cross-border optical fiber connectivity.

    Nepal and China had agreed to enhance connectivity during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s official visit to China in March.


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