Nepal Telecom, the government owned company and NTA, the regulator have signed a contract to utilize RTDF. The contract is for the optical fiber link establishment along the mid hill highway from Chiyo bhanjyang (Pachthar) in the east to Arughat in the west (border between Gorkha and Dhading). It was signed by NT MD Mrs. Kamini Raj Bhandari and NTA chief Mr. Digambar Jha. The cost for the implementation of the Mid hill optical project is known to be provided by NTA utilizing the Rural telecommunication development fund (RTDF). This is the first time that the RTDF is being used for the development of infrastructure for increasing broadband penetration.
The optical fiber along the mid hill highway runs 804 kilometer main link and spur link of 1572 km towards north & south. The optical fiber laying will be completed in 2 years span and is of 100 Gbps capacity. The optical fiber is of 96 core along the main link (backbone), 48 core for the spur links to district headquarters and 24 core towards the municipalities. The optical fiber will establish link to 32 districts of federal states 1, 2 and 3, along both north and south. The link will be a combination of underground, over head optical fibers. Initial survey for the optical fiber link has already been done.
As per the government’s plan to provide broadband internet to all VDCs, Schools and health posts, NTA has mulled to provide part of the RTDF to Nepal Telecom, to build the optical fiber along the mid hill highway. Memorandum of understanding has already been done on Ashar 15 and there was no any significant development due to transitional period by the competition to NT MD.
This is one of a milestone project for the development of infrastructure to provide broadband connectivity to all parts of the country. Nepal Telecom’s recently appointed MD, Mrs. Kamini Rajbhandari also thanked NTA for selecting Nepal Telecom for this Mid hill optical fiber project and she also expressed the need for coordination among several government entities like NEA, Department of Road and ministries for the successful completion of the project. She even assured that the project will be completed within the mentioned 2 years period.
This is the first major project that recently appointed MD, Mrs. Kamini Rajbhandari put her ink on.
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