Optical fibre connectivity between Nepal and China comes into operation

Kathmandu, Jan. 12: The much-talked about optical fibre connectivity between Nepal and China has come into operation from Friday through the Rasuwagadhi border point.

Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global launched the commercial operation of the cross-border optical fibre link between Nepal and China amidst a function organised in the capital today.

Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet formally inaugurated the optical fibre links between the two companies.

With the operation of this optical fibre link, Nepal has now been connected to the Information Highway of the world via both India and China.

Earlier, Nepal was connected to the world on the information highway via India only.

Speaking on the occasion, minister Basnet said that the cross-border optical fibre linkage between Nepal and China would be a milestone for the development of broad band internet infrastructures across the nation.

This connectivity would be instrumental in enhancing the relation between Nepal and China at the government, institutional and people’s level, he said.

Though the optical fibre connectivity project between the two countries was initiated many years ago, it had been delayed due to various natural and other reasons, minister Basnet said.

Minister Basnet also expressed satisfaction over the operation of the Kerung border point between Nepal and China.

Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications, said that the optical fibre linkage with China held great importance for Nepal for the economic development of the country.

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong said that the internet connectivity between the two countries had increased the commercial prospects between the countries.

Kamini Rajbhandari, managing director of NT, said that the optical fibre linkage with China would help enhance the accessibility and credibility of the company’s services.

The concept of cross-border optical fibre linkage was proposed way back in 2003 through the Economic and Technical Agreement between the two governments.

With the optical fibre connectivity, now Nepal can purchase internet bandwidth through China, which may reduce the price of the Internet in Nepal.

 

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