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Nepal using Chinese broadband loss for India: Expert

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

needs to beef up its cyber security as on Friday became Nepal's second service provider, breaking India's monopoly in providing the access.

Speaking to ANI Cyber Expert Pawan Duggal said, "It is indeed a loss for India, both wise and strategically too."

"Now, needs to setup a cyber army like has, should be prepared for non-state and state actors targeting our computer systems," he added.

On Friday, the state-owned Telecom and the Telecom formally established the collaboration for the trans-border connection.

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

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 Nepal 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 Nepal to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand. Moreover, the commercial operation of the Chinese bandwidth project will end Nepal's sole dependence on for

Nepal 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 Nepal to establish bandwidth connection with other countries through China.

Though NT is purchasing limited volume of the internet from China 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 China is also expected to increase the competition between the various providers in the country, reduce for consumers and boost the quality of internet in the country.

As 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.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 23:08 IST