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Nepal starts using Chinese broadband

ANI  |  Kathmandu [Nepal] 

[Nepal], Jan.12 (ANI): from Friday formally started using the Chinese over internet after years of efforts but the skeptics over its durability still persist.

On Friday, the state owned Telecom and the Telecom formally established the collaboration for the

which the mountainous border with Northern often faces hardships very often because of the geographical difficulties. The fiber link route which now has entered via Rasuwagadhi still is to erase the doubt of the people.

Amir Shrestha, a user of facilities provided by Telecom, said, "The establishment of the between the two countries is a positive thing. But the earthquake which shook two years before have had disrupted the border points which are still to be operational. From today the and are going to have the connection but I still doubt over its smooth commencement."

Telecom inked an agreement with its Chinese counterpart to acquire the in 2016, but logistics and technical problems incurred at the time of establishing the cross-border delayed the procedure.

With the concerns over the problems which are inevitable, the Nepali governmental telecom service provider claims it to be resolved on the basis of mutual correspondence between the two service providers.

Prativa Baidhya, a of Telecom, Any of the technical problems which incur in the route will be solved by the concerning sides."

As per NT, Chinese internet will be supplied via the Rasuwagadhi gateway.

As the use of internet has been increasing rapidly in the country, Chinese is taken as an alternative source for to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand. Moreover, the commercial operation of the Chinese bandwidth project will end Nepal's sole dependence on for

is currently linked to the global through Indian telecom operators via different connections in Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj, among others.

Besides ending the monopoly of bandwidth supply, the Chinese is also expected to facilitate service providers in to establish bandwidth connection with other countries through

Though NT is purchasing limited volume of internet from in the first phase, the company has said that it will increase the volume of Chinese internet gradually in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the optional bandwidth from is also expected to increase the competition between the various in the country, reduce for consumers and boost the quality of internet in the country.

As Telecom is learnt to have tapped Hong Kong's server, customers are unlikely to face any problems while surfing and other sites using the Chinese bandwidth.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 19:30 IST