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Nepal to use Chinese internet bandwidth from today, completes groundwork

The commercial operation of the Chinese bandwidth project will end Nepals sole dependence on India for internet bandwidth

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

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will receive bandwidth from today, ending the Himalayn nation's sole dependence on for connecting to the cyber space.

State-owned telecom company Telecom (NT) said that all the groundwork has been completed to formally connect with Chinese bandwidth from January 12.

"The process of acquiring bandwidth from has been completed. The commercial operation of the Nepal- optical fibre link will begin from Friday, said Prativa Baidhya, spokesperson for NT.

However, NT did not disclose the actual volume of Chinese bandwidth that Nepal will receive.

The details will be made public after a formal inauguration tomorrow, she added.

In December 2016, NT had reached an agreement with to acquire NT had begun the test transmission of the project from the first week of September last year.

With successful test transmission, Nepal will now be commercially connected with Chinese bandwidth, according to the official.

Chinese internet will be supplied via Rasuwagadhi gateway, according to sources at NT.

As the use of Internet has been increasing rapidly in the country, Chinese is taken as an alternative source for Nepal to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand, she said.

The commercial operation of the Chinese bandwidth project will end Nepals sole dependence on for

Nepal is currently linked to the global internet connectivity through Indian telecom operators via different optical fibre connections in Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Birgunj, among others, the Himalayn Times reported.

Besides ending the monopoly of bandwidth supply, the Chinese Internet gateway is also expected to facilitate service providers in Nepal to establish bandwidth connection with other countries via China.

Though NT is purchasing limited volume of Internet from China in the first phase, the company will increase the volume of Chinese internet gradually in the coming days.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 01:38 IST